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"T.D. (Forss) checked with him a number of times on the bench and he was adamant that he was good...

"T.D. (Forss) checked with him a number of times on the bench and he was adamant that he was good to go and capable of playing," said Renney. "When things settle down, often times that’s what happens, speaking from experience. That’s when you go, ‘Wait a second.’"

Robert Tychkowski quoting Tom Renney on Corey Potter's concussion against the Ducks. If any team should understand that the player needs to go back to the locker room for a proper sideline evaluation, it's the Edmonton Oilers.

Anderson believes that he has probably had three major concussions during his wrestling career...

Anderson believes that he has probably had three major concussions during his wrestling career including the one he is currently recovering from. But he also admits that he has other mild concussions including one earlier this year and even continued working with it. He tried to do the same with this one but that was a mistake. "I took a week off and I got back in the wrestling ring and I was having a match with AJ Styles and I forgot everything that we had talked about in the locker room. It was one of the scariest things. I literally couldn't remember anything and I couldn't think. I'm usually pretty good on my feet and I couldn't think of anything to do. It was kind of a scary situation and I went back to the locker room and I told (agent) D'Lo (Brown) about it and he said 'you're going home tomorrow.' " In the past, wrestlers would be expected to act like unbeatable tough guys and work through an injury like this. Suck it up and continue on with the show. But that was then. Anderson says that no one in TNA made him feel weak for taking time off for a head injury. In fact, TNA has taken the measure to ban chair shots to the head, realizing the dangers involved in that. "Times are changing in the wrestling business and people are realizing that you can't wrestle 300 days a year and be healthy and you can't get regular concussions or take chair shots to the head and things like that and be OK long term."

Former WWE apologist Mr. Anderson has clearly forgotten how that turned out for him, as he's fast becoming TNA's top apologist, as he can't shut up about how well TNA handled his latest serious concussion. Let's just ignore the obvious contradiction of him admitting that he regularly worked through mild concussions in the past and tried to do the same with this more serious concussion. We should still conclude that TNA are great employers because they are reactive enough to take him off the road after a "kind of a scary situation" where he "literally couldn't remember anything and couldn't think", even though this scary situation was easily preventable if they were proactive enough to take him off the road for a more extended period after he suffered his first concussion.

TNA has absolutely thrown down the gauntlet and said no more unprotected chair shots. And every...

TNA has absolutely thrown down the gauntlet and said no more unprotected chair shots. And every time there is a chair involved in the ring, the agents will come up and say please make sure for me that you are not going to ... that you're going to put your hand up. Please tell me you're going to put your hand up or it's going to be a back shot or something like that. The chair shot that I received from Jeff Hardy was not intended to hit the back of my head. I heard through the grapevine that there were some people who were concerned about that. That was an accident and, you know what, in our business, accidents are going to happen. Sometimes you're going to get a boo-boo and things are going to hurt.

Please, please don't cry for Mr. Anderson. After all, TNA wrestlers are highly trained professionals that know how to throw and take a chair shot (except when they don't, of course). He's a tough guy like Mick Foley and severe concussions to them are only a minor boo-boo that can be shrugged off.

One issue that I clearly saw as important is the potential dangers of steroids -- the real dangers...

One issue that I clearly saw as important is the potential dangers of steroids -- the real dangers of steroids -- and the long-term health consequences of steroid use and that will be a focus of mine as a United States Senator. I won't say beyond that what I would do about any of the other issues in the campaign that related to the way my opponent ran her business or treated the people who worked for her, but I think the campaign clearly involved a contrast in our respective records.

Dick Blumenthal's answer to Brian Lockhart's question about whether he wants to pursue greater regulation of the professional wrestling industry now that he's Senator-elect of Connecticut. It's highly disappointing that Blumenthal didn't explicitly mention the dangers of concussions and prescription painkiller abuse too, given that they are arguably the greatest dangers facing professional wrestlers today. The latter sentence seems to indicate that Blumenthal doesn't plan to forget about WWE's dodgy classification of its wrestler as independent contractors and their profit motivated decision to make their toys overseas, instead of back home in Connecticut.

I was extremely pleased to see the concussion storyline as it was executed on TNA. I think it was a...

I was extremely pleased to see the concussion storyline as it was executed on TNA. I think it was a positive portrayal of the issue, and it was great to see Matt Morgan treated as the babyface for his concern about the consequences of returning to the ring so soon after a concussion. Matt Morgan has been an energetic support of the Sports Legacy Institute and this issue, and I was proud to see him able to reach millions with this message. However, I must note that I'm not happy the storyline was generated by a chair shot to the back the head of Ken Anderson, another SLI supporter, but I was told it was not scripted that way. I hope TNA notes the cause and effect of that hit and puts more in place (training, fines, etc.) to prevent future use of the chair in that manner and keep top talents in the ring.

Chris Nowinski speaking to ProWrestlingMalware.com about TNA's recent concussion angle.

"Concussions have become a serious problem in the lives of current and former NFL players, and the...

"Concussions have become a serious problem in the lives of current and former NFL players, and the only way to nip this thing in the bud is to make the players accountable," [NFL commissioner] Goodell said. "Ten thousand dollars for the first concussion, $30,000 for the second, and $70,000 for the third. Hopefully these fines will make our players think twice before they have their brains jostled against the insides of their skulls."

-The Onion, "NFL To Fine Players For Getting Concussions"

"After suffering my fourth concussion in the past 18 months, I have decided to step away from...

"After suffering my fourth concussion in the past 18 months, I have decided to step away from playing the game of football. After meeting with my family, the athletic trainers, Dr. Albers, and the coaching staff, we determined that I would risk complications later in life if I were to continue playing football. Football has been an integral part of my life since my earliest years, and has helped propel me to great heights. Playing football at the University of Nebraska has been one of my greatest accomplishments, and I will always be proud to say I am a Cornhusker. Coach Pelini has given me the opportunity to continue my dedication to Nebraska football in a different role, acting as a coach and a mentor on the team. I am thankful for this new position, as I will be able to continue to be around the game I love most, and build on the strong relationships I have developed with my teammates.

Linebacker Blake Lawrence is done with football due to concussions.
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