The NFL needs to change rules accordingly to make sure this doesn’t happen again. The NFL has control of the rules and regulations of the sport, but hasn’t done much to prevent injuries. They have to address the areas of need. Yes, the NFL did implement the “no wedge rule” during kick-offs and more recently the “no lowering your head” rule while running with the ball, but that isn’t sufficient enough. The “no wedge rule” is probably the least effective rule to prevent injuries. This rule prevents players from “wedging” or locking hands together with teammates, which basically creates a wall. They did this to block for their teammate that is returning the kick, the wedging caused injuries, but it was not a dramatic amount. Same with the “no lowering your head” rule. Only a few instances have occurred where the lowering of a ball carrier’s head has caused injuries. All this rule does is prevent the player with the ball from lowering his head for his own advantage. The NFL should adjust the existing rules as well as add new rules to prevent injuries. A lot of the injuries now are leg related. Robert Griffin III tore his ACL and LCL and a few years ago Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback, completely tore his ACL, which caused him to sit out for a whole season. Superstar running back Adrian Peterson, of the Minnesota Vikings, tore his ACL as well and had to sit out a full season. Head injuries do occur as well and it’s as nice sight to see that the NFL is trying to address head injuries. It will help situations like Jahvid Best. Best. “ Three years ago, Jahvid Best was one of the most dynamic prospects in the NFL draft, a
5 Virani first-round pick of the Detroit Lions with breathtaking speed and dazzling elusiveness. Now, Best's future is murky (Wilner). A series of head injuries has turned the former Cal star into the NFL's self-described "poster boy" for concussions”. Yet, we still haven’t seen one rule to prevent leg injuries. This is the NFL’s lack of acknowledgment to what has to be done and they are only focusing on head injuries. Head injuries are important, but so are any other types of injuries. But all of this starts earlier than the NFL and the NFL needs to set an example for amateur football leagues. Hits start to pile up starting in high school and college, and if the NFL sets standards, the colleges and high school swill have to follow. The NFL claims to be preventing injuries. One of the things the NFL did was implementing team doctors specifically for concussions. Also, “National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said preventing head injuries during tackles is the top priority”(Kuriloff). It is nice to see the commissioner showing some concern, but it’s minimal. The area of focus is head injuries and in this example it’s during tackles. This is just one of the many injuries that are occurring in the NFL. The NFL needs to do this same thing on a much larger level. With the former players suing the league for
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- Winter '08
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