It is quite possible the little hits add up. Though, as I mentioned in my response to M741 there wouldn't be a massive difference in the number of little hits between positions, except QB.jennypenny wrote:I wonder if the difference between football and soccer players is the shear number of hits, not just the number of concussions. Some positions necessitate knocking helmets on almost every play. Maybe the damage results from the shear number of low-level hits?
I'm not just talking about head trauma either. My brother was a college quarterback. Then a horrible hit, two blown discs, and he was done. He lives with terrible pain. He says all of the time he wishes he'd pursued baseball instead of football.
edit: sorry if I'm repeating what M741 said
Unfortunate ending for your brother.