FOR DEC. 14, 2015
This is an article from the Dec. 28, 2015 issue
Thank you for Tom Taylor's special report on brain injuries (Brain and Brawn). Anything that brings awareness to this issue is extremely worthwhile. But I fear in emphasizing the study of CTE, you may have minimized the danger of concussions. Studying CTE is, of course, extremely important, but so is improving our understanding and treatment of concussions.
Neil Desmond, Towson, Md.
While Matt McCarthy discussed the time and money spent on expensive imaging technology as a tool in rehabilitation, my fear, as a physical therapist for 35 years, is that insurance companies would deny coverage if early imaging predicted that someone such as Doug Markgraf would not improve. Time and money are needed to train more rehabilitation professionals to treat concussions and TBI effectively.
Robert Sembler, Madison, Conn.
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Of the three Heisman finalists Deshaun Watson graces the cover, and Derrick Henry is featured in an article. Meanwhile, Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, who broke Barry Sanders's all-purpose yardage season record, gets only a sidebar?
In writing about free-agent pitchers as Veblen goods, Tom Verducci hits on another economic concept: the Winner's Curse, which explains that the winner of an auction is the bidder who most overvalues the item and, therefore, most overpays for it.
Gerald M. Burris
Barry Bonds's job with the Marlins is a lucky break, not a walkway to Cooperstown, as Michael Rosenberg suggests. As for the notion Bonds should be inducted because some [PED user] has probably already made it: If some cheaters prosper, should they all?
For the sake of accuracy, Taylor's phrase, "Josh Plesce does not have CTE," should read: "No one knows if Josh Plesce has CTE or will develop CTE."
Daniel Schuetz, Normal, Ill.
It is true that some people may be more susceptible to developing CTE than others. It's also true that not every smoker gets lung cancer, but smokers are infinitely more likely to be stricken with the disease than nonsmokers. We did not wait to learn who is most susceptible before creating strategies for effective prevention. As it relates to CTE, we may never be able to quantify susceptibility, and to wait for such knowledge before acting would be immoral. Our societal goal should be to learn how to prevent CTE. If that turns out not to be possible without banning football (and boxing), so be it.
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