Why the NBA is the only league that can stop ‘dumbass’ players
A couple weeks ago, a guy named Kevin Durant was walking to the locker room to shower when he heard a loud clap from the bench.
He didn’t get up to see what was happening, but instead turned around and saw that a fan had hit him with a water bottle.
He took the hit, and it was enough to make him start crying.
It wasn’t the first time Durant had been hit by a water cooler, but he was more concerned about getting sprayed with it than anything else.
“It was like, ‘Oh my God, I just got hit in the head,'” Durant said.
“And then I realized I was still breathing.”
He went to his locker, put his helmet on, and told teammates to take cover.
Durant went on to win the MVP award and then was named the best player in the NBA.
Durant’s story isn’t uncommon, and the fact that his injuries are often caught on video, along with the widespread concern about concussions, has led to a national conversation about the league’s handling of players who suffer concussions.
That’s a problem, Durant said, but it’s not the only one.
Heather Locklear/Getty Images “I think that’s a real issue that we’re not really addressing,” he said.
But it’s a huge problem that can’t be solved easily.
Players, coaches, executives, fans, and medical experts are still debating how best to stop the problem, and whether it’s too late to do anything about it.
The problem is so widespread that the league doesn’t even have an official number for the number of concussions that happen per game, and some of those concussions can have lasting effects.
One way the league can improve its response is to provide a clear standard for players to avoid if they have a concussion.
Some experts are already using that standard to define when concussions are considered serious.
A recent report from the National Institutes of Health found that, at most, 1 in 8 football players will have a head injury during their career.
And a new study from the University of Michigan found that at least 4 out of 10 people with concussions who return to play suffer lasting symptoms.
That’s not good news, said Dr. Robert Caplan, a neurologist and a concussion expert at the Mayo Clinic.
Caplan said that even though it’s hard to define the exact amount of concussive damage, there are probably more than 300 concussions per year.
People are so good at avoiding them that there’s no way to know for sure.
The key is to use a level of care and caution that the average person can manage,” Caplan said.
“The most important thing is to not get hit in your head, but make sure you’re conscious enough to leave the building,” he added.
We’re still in a situation where people are so busy avoiding concussions and avoiding getting hit in their heads that they’re ignoring the bigger issue of the overall health of the brain and the overall quality of life,” said Dr, John Cacioppo, director of neuropsychiatry at the University Hospital in Milan.
“It’s not only the numbers, it’s the quality of lives that is affected.
And we need to focus on the long term.”
Some players aren’t doing that.
In an ESPN survey, nearly 20 percent of the players surveyed said they had received a concussion, which is significantly higher than the 10 percent of players surveyed who had never had a concussion and more than double the number who have received a head-related injury.
So how does the league address this problem?
It’s important to realize that the number and severity of concussed players is relatively low, which helps explain why there hasn’t been a major increase in the number.
The problem is that the brain is so good that even small hits can have profound effects on an individual.
As more and more people get concussed, they’re likely to be at increased risk for other issues, including depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.
Many experts agree that a concussion should be treated as a separate condition, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be treated.
The NBA is considering whether to allow players to seek out counseling to help them get back on their feet.
And it wants to change the way the game is played.
There are some players who can take care of their own concussion issues, but many aren’t.
Dr. Kevin D. Lee, who is the team physician for the Detroit Pistons, has spent years studying the brain, and he thinks the NBA needs to take a more proactive approach.
“You’re always dealing with concussives, but you’re dealing with the most vulnerable people who have to deal with the greatest amount of risk,” he told Bleacher Blog.