More effective protocols should be implemented to prevent concussions around the professional sports league. Some people do not even know what a concussion is. Some just think it is a bad headache. Actually, a concussion is a disturbance in brain function that occurs after a blow to a head or a conclusion to a violent shake of the head and body (“Brain”). Many of these come from things like head-to-head contact with another player.
Many retired professional football players over the age of forty have suffered from severe mental injuries due to play in the NFL, and have committed suicide due to their injury. A test was administered to many retired football players. Out of the players administered ones who played before the age of 12 had more severe mental illnesses than ones who played later in life (Perry). While some of mental problems in these players come from old age; however, most are a result of playing football. Many of these former players have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Every year a countless number of people are injured from the game of football. These people obtain all types of injuries from shoulder dislocations, to torn ACLs, to concussions. Many of these injuries are from the rules of the game and the way the sport is played. This is why it is necessary for the rules of football to be changed. The main reasons they should be changed are because the game is resulting in injuries and deaths, negative long-term health consequences for players, and children not being allowed by their parents to play due to the dangers of the game.
A concussion is usually defined as a type of a traumatic brain injury, which is usually caused by a strong contact between an object and the head ("Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury"). A normal brain is enveloped in spinal fluid while outside; the skull protects the brain ("Concussion: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention"). When a strong blow knocks the head, the brain rapidly accelerates and decelerates back and forth and hits skull, causing injury (Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury"). Fights, falls, knocks, transportation accidents, and sports, such as American football are usually the causes of concussions (“Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury”). The implications of a concussion are equally devastating.
Football should be banned in the United States because it can lead to a concussion, can cause brain damage, and can even kill you. When anyone plays football whether it’s professional, college, or high school you can get a concussion. A concussion is also known as traumatic brain injury(TBI), a concussion is caused by the violent movement or jarring the head or neck. Most cases of brain injury are concussions. People who suffer from concussions generally fully recover fast.
When playing football, players experience big, powerful and painful hits. About 7,500 hits that youth players experience, 8% are high magnitude (Robach). Think about this, 40 G’s is the hardest amount of force someone can take from a car crash and still be able to walk away with no sort of injuries (Robach), yet parents allow their 7 and 8 year olds to receive hits of 80 G’s, that is the same force college players are dealt with when playing (Scott and Don). Little kids are getting hit the same way and same force grown men are when they play football, this is a huge problem. The hits kids experience or have faced should be taken into account when parents decide if their child should step on a football field.
Team players have started to reduce in the modern sports era. Many players have become self-centered, even in team sports. High school athletes always want their names in the paper or want to get acknowledged by coaches or friends, but true team players do things that many people do not see. They may lead by example during practice or do little things that make a difference in the game. Linemen, on a football team, are great examples of this because the quarterback, running backs, and wide receivers get all the credit for great plays and touchdowns, while linemen have to block the three-hundred-pound man in front of them every time, or the play will get blown up.
Strictly because the foundation of football is now being taught on how accurately and precisely perform a tackle. With the abundance of head injuries that players are unfortunately suffering with, the NFL is trying to change the game so that it can be a safer zone for the players. They are making
“An estimated 1.6-3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year, although the true figure is unknown because most concussions are not recognized and reported. Players in collision sports such as American football may experience many more subconcussive impacts throughout a season and career” (Stern 460). The people at risk for concussions and CTE range from amature athletes to professional athletes and even highly trained military personnel. The cause and effects of concussions and CTE are becoming more prevalent in all levels of athletics, however athletes themselves are still slow to acknowledge them and take themselves out of the game in order to allow their brain to heal. There are millions of athletes participating in contact sports as well as military troops who are at risk for repetitive brain trauma.
Some of the reasons are very serious, such as CTE which is a brain disease caused by rapid hits to the brain, this has lifetime affects and changes you in many ways, in worst cases this can even cause death. Although that is one of the worst things that can happen there is still many others like concussions which last long, Alzheimer’s disease, and little things like depression and headaches all connecting to lifetime affects. The kids that don’t get these
Football is too dangerous of a sport and is not as fun it seems. Although football seems like a fun sport, it has many consequences, concussions, getting diagnosed with brain diseases, such as CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), and having memory loss as they grow into their adult life. Even though sports offer huge benefits to kids such as work ethic, leadership, and fitness, football is too dangerous of a sport for people to play because soon
The Penn State football scandal rocked the sports world and dominated the headlines for months and months. The penalties placed upon Penn State are beyond anything that has ever been seen before in college athletics. I believe that all the penalties affecting the present and future football program and completely just. Although, I do not think that it is okay to punish the players of those who were not on the team from 1998-2011. The players after 2011 had nothing to repulsive acts by Jerry Sandusky or the cover-up that occurred with the Penn State Office.