Should the NFL Employ the HIT System to Diagnose Brain Trauma?

"Hey, guys, look, I'm going to the right endzone this time, okay? I don't need no stinkin' computer telling me to get out of a game."

We here on WCG occasionally like to stay on top of the concussion and brain injury problem that goes throughout the league, including ways to make the game safer to a degree (namely, stop using your head to make a hit would be a start). And one of the ways that the league could more easily diagnose brain injuries and concussions includes embracing technology, with something called the HIT system - also something that NFL players haven't exactly jumped to embrace.

The topic was broached on an Outside the Lines report, and the moderator, Bob Holtzman, spoke to the NFL's expert on diagnosing head trauma through technology, Kevin Guskiewicz - who also happens to be the North Carolina professor who designed the system.

"I've been comfortable with the questions that we've asked and the validation studies that have been done to this point, and I feel as though we probably could have had this system in place a year or so ago," Guskiewicz said.

"It absolutely can work in the NFL," he added regarding the system that North Carolina now uses as a recruiting tool. "I've been doing it for eight years, so I know it can be done."

The system actually was in place to be used by some NFL teams in 2010 but the plan was cancelled by the NFL Players Association.

Speaking of players, NBC analyst Hines Ward was asked what the players' reaction would be to using the system.

"You're gonna open up a while Pandora's Box with it," Ward told Holtzman. "For a doctor to read a computer and tell me how hard I've been hit and to pull me out of a game, that won't sit well with a lot of players."

Check out the remainder of the article. What are your thoughts on the HIT System and its place in the league?

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