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Gronkowski Spotlights NFLs 60percent Surge in Knee Injuries From 2011
2013-12-09

Gronkowski, a two-time Pro Bowl tight end whos scored 42 touchdowns in his 44 career starts, was injured during the third quarter of yesterdays 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns. After catching a pass down the middle of the field, Gronkowski was taken down after being hit in the right knee by Browns defensive back T.J. Ward, who dove low on the play.
Gronkowski will miss the rest of the season with torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, ESPN said, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation. Its the 40th ACL injury of the season, according to ESPN, up from 32 last year and 25 in 2011.
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You see what defenders are doing -- theyve been put into a tough position getting away from the head, said Merrill Hoge, who retired as a running back because of concussions and is now an ESPN NFL analyst. When you lose a guy like that, that hurts not just the New England Patriots, that hurts the National Football League because hes a guy that people identify with, hes a significant player and hes a difference-maker.
With the loss of Gronkowski, the Patriots odds of winning the Super Bowl moved to 8-1 from 6-1 at the Las Vegas Hotels SuperBook. The Patriots lead the American Football Conference East Division at 10-3, tied for the third-best record in the NFL, with three games left in the regular season.
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In the past seven games with Gronkowski in the lineup, the Patriots averaged 32 points a game. Without him for the first six weeks, they averaged 20.8 points a game.
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I dont think too many teams have players of that caliber at any position to just put in another Rob Gronkowski, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said today on a conference call. One way or another, well have to adjust.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne and running back Vick Ballard, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, New York Jets running back Mike Goodson, Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller and Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer are among NFL players to suffer ACL injuries this season.
In an effort to reduce concussions and brain trauma, the NFL has cracked down on hits by defensive players to the head and neck area of offensive players. Safeties Dashon Goldson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Brandon Meriweather have both been suspended one game this season by the NFL for repeated helmet-to-helmet hits on defenseless receivers.
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Knees
The defenseless receiver rule has to extend not only to the head, but also to the knees, said Terrell Davis, the leagues Most Valuable Player in 1998 who now is an NFL Network analyst.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the leagues competition committee in the offseason routinely reviews all plays and injuries to determine if rule changes need to be made.
Ward, whose hit forced Gronkowski to be taken off the field on a cart, said the rule changes have made many defensive players go low to make tackles.
If I were to hit him up high, theres a chance I would be fined, so I was just being safe, Ward told reporters. Gronks a big dude, hes not small by any means, it just makes it difficult. My intention is not to hurt anyone, thats not what this game is about and thats not how I play.
6-Foot-6
Gronkowski is listed as 6-foot-6, 265 pounds (2 meters, 120 kilograms); Ward is listed as 5-foot-10, 200 pounds.
Hoge said the NFL needs to address knee injuries. His suggestion is incorporating a target zone so defensive players cant deliberately hit above the neck or below the knees.
Nobody is saying you cant hit the guy as hard you need to hit him still, Hoge said. Thats still going to be a part of the game. Were just saying up around the head and neck area and below the knee, lets make our emphasis there so we can avoid catastrophic injuries like this.
To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net




NFL Health Update: Q&A with Chicago's Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth
2013-08-29

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Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth of NorthShore University HealthSystem serves as neurological consultant for the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Fire and Chicago White Sox. Pieroth is also a member of the Heads Up Football Advisory Committee. She answered some questions on culture change and sports safety.
Q. With kids heading back to the playing field this fall, what's the No. 1 thing you tell parents about youth sports safety?
A. I want all parents to know that youth sports organizations take the health and safety of their children very seriously. The governing bodies for each youth sport (football, baseball, hockey, soccer and many more) work diligently to examine injury rates in their sports and seek ways to reduce or eliminate those injuries. I would strongly encourage all parents to talk to the coaches or the heads of their local organizations to make sure they are following proper safety guidelines.
Q. How does your experience with professional teams lend itself to treating youth athletes?
A. To work with athletes, professional all the way down to our youngest participants, you need to appreciate the heart of an athlete. That 10-year-old may not have the experience level of a pro player but he or she may have the same level of determination and love of their sport. We need to value the dedication of the amateur athlete as much as we do the professional.
Q. What concerns do you hear from players and/or parents about head injuries?
A. The most frequent concern relates to the possibility of permanent dysfunction from a concussion. I explain to each parent that if the injury is managed well and the athlete does not suffer another concussion while they are healing from the first, we expect full recovery. Additionally, parents ask a great deal of questions about equipment. I tell them to be very skeptical of any products' claim that it reduces or eliminates concussion. To date, there are no helmets, mouth guards, headbands or other sport accessory that will fully prevent a concussion.
Q. What sort of culture changes have you seen regarding head injuries across all sports?
A. I have been assessing athletes with concussions for 16 years now and have seen a dramatic shift. In the beginning of my career, athletes, their parents and the medical community as a whole tended to minimize the significance of concussions, even multiple concussive injuries. We have seen a rapid change in the focus on concussion, which has resulted in much greater education for athletes, their parents and all those who care for these athletes. Unfortunately, we also have a significant amount of misinformation that is available to the public, which can cause some unnecessary concern. Our challenge now is to make sure that information available is scientifically sound and specific for various age groups and sports.
NFL Foundation donates equipment to Heads Up Football league in Moore, Okla.
NFL Foundation Chairman and Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President Charlotte Jones Anderson joined former NFL players Kenny Blair and Roy Williams on Monday to announce a donation of equipment to the Oklahoma Elite Football League. The league lost its storage facility and equipment when tornadoes devastated the area in May. The announcement was made during an evening practice for the league.
The donation by the NFL Foundation replaced helmets, shoulder pads and tackling dummies. The Oklahoma Elite Football League is one of the more than 2,700 youth football leagues across the country that is participating in USA Football's Heads Up Football initiative. Blair and Williams are serving as Heads Up Football Ambassadors for two of the league's teams.
During the practice, Anderson, Blair and Williams had the chance to see the children practice Heads Up Football tackling techniques.
Teams host USA Football/Heads Up Football events
Houston Texans: The Texans invited 30 youth football players from the Cy-Fair Sports Association's Spillane Texans to attend practice, meet players and get a demonstration of proper tackling from General Manager Rick Smith. The youth league is taking part in Heads Up Football beginning this season. Smith spoke about the importance of academics and teamwork.

"I think it's important that we teach proper technique and remind these young men of the proper ways to tackle, proper equipment fitting and the certification process that we have for the coaches," Smith said. "All of those elements that are present in the USA Football program are very good for participants and for the game of football."
New York Giants: The Giants hosted a Heads Up Football Protection Tour event on Aug. 20 at MetLife Stadium. USA Football Master Trainer and Northeast Region Manager Ed Passino and former New York Giants Pro Bowl center Shaun O'Hara instructed more than 150 youth football players and 100 parents from the tri-state area on Heads Up tackling, concussion awareness and equipment fitting.


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2010 NFL Betting Tactics
2010-08-23

The 2010 NFL season is drawing closer day by day which means that there are going to be many people who’d be interested in earning a share from their favorite team’s wins too. Then there’d be those who’re new to the whole art of betting for a NFL team. This article gives a basic way of tackling betting in NFL.

Most betters have some predetermined idea when they are betting. They always have something specific in their mind to move forward. And what this article’s function is to further set and seal this bet so as to increase the probability of winning for those who’re betting.

If you think your team has a chance at winning then you need to keep a few tabs in your mind to help you in betting in the future. Pick all your matches the same way as you do but the team should have a minimum of 52.5 percent edge over the other teams so as to break even. This means that a team that is given 11, 12 or 13 points is a team to be looked out for. Remember to go through the NFL schedule so as to have an idea of the underdogs who are playing at home. Now what needs to be done is to contrast the surface of the stadium of the team which is playing at home versus the stadium surface of the team playing away is used at playing on. This makes betting for a team easy because then what you only need to do is choose the home underdog team since they have a lesser advantage in winning at a new turf.
Some other things that you need to look before betting for a certain NFL team are –

1. The team has won a minimum of at least one game at home and away.
2. The team has a positive yielding/winning ratio probably a 63 percent or more.
3. The team should not be last in defense or offense in their division.

You need to set only a reasonable amount of money for every game especially if you are a beginner. You need to have a certain grasp of the game before you begin a full-fledged betting on NFL. Unadventurous betting would keep you safe while increasing your profit even though it would be a slow start. Betting is exciting. So if you want a good 2010 NFL season, bet with caution and keep your cool under stress. Head over to www.sportsbook.com the home of Football Betting today and get in on the action.