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Charles Barkley: Unfair to compare concussions in football, basketball

Speaking on ESPN’s SportsCenter, NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley said that head injuries in football and basketball are two different things.
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Speaking on ESPN’s SportsCenter, NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley said that head injuries in football and basketball are two different things.

“I know we’ve got a problem with concussions in football, but I think it’s unfair to try to compare football and basketball concussions together,” Barkley said. “You get hit every play. You can have a bunch of mini concussions in football. Kevin’s been three days, and I just think it’s unfair to Kev.”

He was then asked how many concussions he thinks he suffered during his playing days.

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“I probably had 10 good ones.”

The NBA recognizes that concussions “may have significant long-term concequences.” A 2010 study by Pediatrics showed a 70 percent increase in on-court traumatic brain injuries in basketball.

Love will miss Game 3 with a concussion he sustained after being struck in the back of the head during Cleveland’s Game 2 loss.