Doctors, NFL officials discuss head injuries
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Imagine a day when every NFL player has a transmitter in his helmet -- to record how many blows to the head he's receiving.
That was one of the ideas discussed Wednesday at an all-day conference on brain injuries in professional football. Doctors from Johns Hopkins Medicine met with NFL doctors, trainers and players regarding the latest research into the topic.
While not every hit to the head results in a concussion, doctors pointed out players receive hundreds of lesser blows over the course of a season -- and that the cumulative effect could have a long-term impact on the brain.
A proposal such as transmitters in helmets would be years away from being implemented. Doctors say more research needs to done.