Being a woman of the generation when girls were only permitted to play touch football if their male friends invited them to be on the team, I've never played tackle football. I can only imagine the pain the players must feel after a 60-minute game of hits that are rougher than some car accidents.
As a nurse, I know all that hitting produces intense inflammation, and with it, intense pain. I've read that college and professional football players rely on anti-inflammatory drugs to get through the week. A week equals seven days. It would be impossible to recover in four days. It's just not enough recovery time. Which brings me to Thursday Night Football.
Thanks to an expanded 13-week Thursday night schedule, every NFL team will be on national TV this season. While the extra TV games are great for fans (with the exception of tonight's Chiefs-Chargers snorefest), the schedule is tough on players.
A quite from Scott Fujita of the NFL Players Association’s Player Safety and Welfare Committee:
"I think the Thursday night game is one of the worst things you can do for a player's body," he said. "For people who have never played football, I don't know if they realize how tough it is to come back with three days in between games."
I think players really should have an equal amount of off time and preparation that's routine. This sudden back to game pressure can be as big an injury risk as any other contributing cause in today's faster, more concussion-prone NFL. But television interest and record revenue's trump safety. It's going to take death, a serious injury or a lawsuit to stop the NFL's desire to televise live games seven days a week, six months a year.
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