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The NFL insists players know they're playing a dangerous game, but players never see the deteriorated mental capacities of their former heroes. Throwaway Players is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers president Gay Culverhouse’s story of the broken bodies and lost souls of the men who have left the locker room and what remains after the cheering subsides. Focused on making money rather than the well-being of their players, this is the dark side of football the NFL doesn't want fans to ...
The NFL insists players know they're playing a dangerous game, but players never see the deteriorated mental capacities of their former heroes. Throwaway Players is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers president Gay Culverhouse’s story of the broken bodies and lost souls of the men who have left the locker room and what remains after the cheering subsides. Focused on making money rather than the well-being of their players, this is the dark side of football the NFL doesn't want fans to see.
Additionally, high schools, colleges, and independent sports organizations have little oversight when choosing player’s equipment. This breeds a new generation of kids suffering from multiple concussions and damaged lives. Throwaway Players offers guidance to parents navigating the world of competitive sports as well as advocacy and resources for athletes often left in the dark about appropriate procedures for treating injuries, especially head traumas, specifically brain injury. Throwaway Players is essential reading for any parent, athlete, and sports fan.
Gay Culverhouse testified before Congress on football head injuries and successfully changed the policy of including an independent neurologist on the sidelines of every NFL game. Gay's work with former players has appeared in The New York Times, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, The Tampa Tribune, Time magazine, and many more. She has appeared on several radio shows, including PBS and ESPN, and is featured in three documentaries that are in post-production (with CNN, ESPN, and an independent filmmaker). In November 2009 Gay formed The Gay Culverhouse Players’ Outreach Program, Inc., a nonprofit organization to further the work nationally for retired players.
1 Violence On and Off the Field 1
2 The Beginning 10
3 Steve Courson: Larger than Life 16
4 The Use of Performance Enhancers 26
5 Six Players Dead 43
6 Yes, a Ding is Serious 57
7 Richard Wood: The Fans' Favorite Blue Collar Worker 81
8 How the Game Should Be Played 88
9 Injuries Are Real 103
10 Nathan Fisher: the Future of Football 111
11 Student Athletes 117
12 My Journey Continues 123
Appendices: NFL Player Benefits 142
Posted April 2, 2014
Lackluster and left me wondering….
I’m confused, this book was supposed to be about concussions, right? Throwaway Players started off talking about violence in sports and how this violence can result in dangerous injuries. Then, Culverhouse began talking about steroid use in the NFL and how these drugs harm the players who use them. She kept going back and forth between the three topics, yet she never connected them in a way that made sense. It seemed as if she was just using her opinion and personal experiences as her basis for this book, but she hardly ever used statistics or facts that brought her ideas together in a uniformed and easily understandable way. Being a former President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Culverhouse saw first-hand how concussions, steroids, and violence are detrimental to the players. This viewpoint was somewhat useful, but I think it would have been more effective if she didn’t use these experiences as a replacement for doctoral opinions and facts about concussions. Not only were her thoughts jumbled, but there were many typos and grammatical errors throughout the book, which gave off the impression that she just randomly decided to right this book one day.
Overall, my impression of this book was that there was a lack of organization and formation of ideas. I give this book 2 out of 5 stars and would not recommend this book for anyone planning to use it for research or as a school project.
I am the producer and co-host of Sports with Rick and the Ball Coaches. I have the opportunity to interview Dr. Gay Culverhouse about repetitive injuries NFL players sustain to their head during their entire football playing career from peewee football; to youth football; and into their college and NFL careers.
I just finished reading the Advanced Readers Edition of Throwaway Players, The Concussion Crisis. The information in the book is mind blowing and will open your eyes to just how life threatening repetitive head injuries can be for football players (young and old) and all contact sport athletes.
I was the victim of a violent crime and suffered from a severe head injury. The head injury induced a seizure disorder. I still have seizures even 4 years later. Many people (including myself) never realize that the head or brain injury does not have to be severe to cause epilepsy or another seizure disorder. A mild, moderate, or severe brain injury can lead to this issue. Throwaway players dig into the fact that football players suffer from a silent; yet, disabling and deadly injury that we all call concussions.
One concussion or (even worse) repetitive concussions can affect every aspect of life from learning to socializing with friends and family. Dr. Culverhouse provides readers with personal stories from players who learned the hard way that playing football and sustaining repetitive head trauma changed their entire lives.
The true life stories will captivate and mesmerize you; and the stories of former NFL players will touch your heart.
By the time you finish Throwaway Players, you will know first hand at what Dr. Culverhouse and the Gay Culverhouse Players Outreach Organization does to educate all football players at every level about CTE's and the repercussions of repetitive head trauma.
You will know just what can be done to reduce the chances of a player receiving life altering head trauma.
You will know what Dr. Culverhouse and others did to advocate for retired NFL players who suffer daily for simply not knowing the risk they had taken simply to play a game they loved.
You will read about all the accomplishments that Dr Culverhouse and the Gay Culverhouse Players Outreach organization achieved and the benefits all former NFL players now have access to.
Simply put, Throwaway Players: The Concussion Crisis From Pee Wee Football to the NFL will give you insight on an issue that you would have never realized has been an epidemic in football for decades.