Pusser said:No one is suggesting we practice getting concussions. THAT is ridiculous. However, what folks are saying is that proper training is crucial to avoiding concussions. Remember that we play these games for fun. The thrill, the adrenaline rush, the challenge and the "danger" are all part of what make them fun. I was gutted as a 10 year old when they told me I could no longer body-check in hockey. By the time I was allowed to do it again, I'd lost all my skills and I lost interest. It took be 24 years to get back into non-contact hockey. I can't help but think that instead of banning checking, they would have done us a lot more good by training us properly. My rugby experience certainly attests to this. I spent 25 seasons in the front row with no concussions and the number of times I've had to leave the field for injury in those 25 seasons can be counted on one hand. Training and fitness are key.
And I never suggested you're practicing getting them, but they're an unavoidable part of contact sport no matter how well you train to connect with other players properly. It's only "crucial" because you create an environment where contact is necessary, remove that requirement and that so called crucial element is no longer there. You're also not avoiding concussions by practicing proper technique, you're limiting the likelihood of a severe one and you're lessening the severity of minor ones. Two bodies colliding results in brain trauma full stop, I don't care how well you think you're avoiding it. You provided some benefits yes, but they're only beneficial to serve further contact in that particular sport, it's a part of the game with has little to no carryover into other aspects of life that other parts of the game DO have. It's a risk/reward scenario, and the rewards are in no way significant enough for the risks.