I appreciate this perspective thank you for sharing.
One thing I wonder from my playing days is the residual damage of the constant small collisions in practices and games rather than the big collusions. I was a tight end, so lots of blocking, lots of hitting heads with other bigger guys. I can't imagine that is good long term.
Do you have any insight into that? I do think teams are moving towards less contact in practice, which struck me as a long overdue move.
I agree with you 100%. Certainly the big hits are more eye-catching, but the sum of the constant smaller collisions certainly isn't zero. I'm sure there is some threshold, below which the hits don't accumulate. But it's hard for me to believe that many hits that we would consider 'routine' don't somehow add up over time. There have been some college conferences that have put significant restrictions on contact in practice for that very reason (without doing some research I don't recall the exact details). I do think it is discussed less than it should be, for sure. In the same way that it's probably the cumulative effect of many punches that give boxers problems, rather than the 'knockout blows', it's likely similar for football players.