Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wanna make a Billion US dollars or more?


In 2000, TBI or concussions was estimated to cost the US American society 60 billion dollars.
(Source is the CDC - the US government, source link at bottom of this page. Today, in 2011, we may only guess this number.)

How much is 60 Billion Dollars? According to Forbes 2006: $60 billion would fund the American Cancer Society for the next 103 years.  Let us agree upon that this is a large number.

Most or many of these TBI costs are related to military activities and traffic accidents but it is also true that some are related to collision sports or other sports accidents.

Floorballcentral does not think that it is a very good idea to prohibit sports with kind of dangerous patterns - it would be waaay too totalitarian for us. We like the free will.
So we also do like the basic idea of the open capitalistic market - where consumers (think students) may vote with their own choice - on what they want to do or get engaged in.

So maybe we need more choices?

If one now would be able to increase the amount of sports in the society, or read school, not considered to be collision sports and this way have future athletes move or gravitate from sports that seem to have higher incidences of TBI (collision activities) to more safe activities by a free choice...
Yes it is the way the capitalistic market works.

Just yet again, let us stress what we try to get across...
Nope, We’re not talking about legal prohibitions. We are talking about making sports less prone to TBI’s - more popular - or as in respect of Floorball just to make it available in the US school system... One obvious reason would be to save some serious dough.
We are talking tax dollars here buddy!
Well, it is kind of clear that the society would have the opportunity to save many many US dollars by only move 10-20% of Athletes from “collision sports” to safer alternatives like Floorball.

So in principle if Floorball gets as big in USA and Canada as it is in northern Europe.
Hey, the society would not just save millions on TBI care we would perhaps have the potential to save billions?
And this perhaps by just getting kids in the schools to play Floorball. If you do not know Floorball (most students gravitate to it like magnets as soon as they have had the opportunity).

There is another possible benefit from this concept beside of the money involved. It is about the individual human, that might get a chance to end up in a school sport with a lower risk of a TBI - and this way - maybe live a life without such a serious disability... All based upon the free choice.

So, who is now in charge of this and the future?

Hmm maybe someone else should make a presentation upon the TRUE economic benefits in the society as in relation to the broad implementation on Floorball? Some International comparisons would be good too. How many Billions (if now one) in tax dollars would this save - o n l y related to TBI?

Who is good with the numbers and what is possible here? Or is this just wrong - thinking? If so what is wrong with this? Pinch this balloon please!

MB

CDC on TBI, the 60 billion is marked at the bottom of the page.
http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/statistics.html

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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!