Youth sports are an intricate part of our society. They teach kids from a young age how to work together as a team, which they can then build on and use in other facets of their lives. Concussions in youth football are at an all-time high, only because they weren’t (B3)kept track of until recent years. Anyone who has had a brain injury in the past needs to be aware of the symptoms of CTE, not only for themselves, but also for the people around them. Football causes about ten times the amount of significant brain injuries compared to other popular sports (What).
But, some schools do not have the money for adequate protective equipment. So, the concussion protocol will help them recover from receiving a concussion in a practice or game. The only problem is how they can prevent concussions even with the concussion protocol even with the not up to standard equipment to protect the players. Another con is that the football players will not say they got a concussion and will get a big hit and walk fine and still have some dizziness. The players will not come out because they don’t want to be a sissy and want to keep on playing with their teammates.
“Athletes at certain positions (eg, linemen) may sustain up to 1400 impacts per season, and high school players who play both offense and defense potentially sustain closer to 2000 impacts” (Stern 460). Other sport with a high risk of concussions are hockey, wrestling, rugby and lacrosse. The military is also at high risk of CTE. Military personnel who are deployed in war zones often encounter impacts from explosive devices. No matter the severity of the injury, these injuries are all very serious and should be taken care by medical professionals.
The most common causes of concussions in sports is football, rugby, hockey, and basketball. Loss of consciousness is thought to occur in less than 10% of head injuries. Brain trauma affects one out of three people in the national football league.In 2012 the stats of diagnosed concussions were 261, in 2013 they went down to 229, in 2014 concussions decreased to 206, in 2015 there were 275 diagnosed concussions and 2016 is decreased to 244. More concussions occur later on in the year. Half of the concussions are caused by contact with another helmet.
Also, it takes away from family time because they will always be playing their sport. Youth sports cause many injuries in children. “Over 448,000 football-related injuries to youths under 15 are treated in hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and emergency rooms annually” (Inetwork, 2017). This number is way too high. Every year, more than 3.5 million children under the age 14 need treatment for sports injuries, with nearly half of all sports injuries for middle and high school students caused by overuse(Inetwork, 2017).
The concussions were identified among football players during the first decades of the game. This crisis subsided and allowed the issue to grow rapidly, because football supporters redesigned the public’s acceptance of the risk. They appealed to the American values that allowed violence, attentions shifted to address more highly visible injuries, which legitimized football within a more ethically dependable institution. In the meantime, changing demands in the medical profession made specialists more reluctant to take a definitive stand. Using journals, newspapers, and letters from the coaches and the players, the history of the early concussions raised serious questions about resolutions, which are being collaborated on today (Harrison, 2014. p.1).
Every football player aging from pee-wee all the way to the National Football League are putting their health at risk. In recent studies, researchers have found that football players are more susceptible to severe injuries in the head and neck area. A major injury that is quite common amongst football players is a concussion. According to the Mayo Clinic
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This needs to change, concussions are extremely serious and they are not necessarily an injury that can be seen heal, unlike a scratch or bruise. If this was a requirement, it would assist physicians in making the difficult decision on when it is okay for the student-athlete to return to action with
It is a big discussion and severe problem kids and parents have on playing the sport. Children, parents, coaches, siblings, peers, teammates are all are affected. Kids play football every season while getting hurt much of the time. Kids get life changing as well as ending injuries every day. Kids get concussions that lead to CTE and some also get serious neck injuries and are sometimes paralyzed for the rest of their lives.
Also, after teenage athletes have gotten a concussion they are very likely to get another one soon after which can lead to very serious effects. Concussions can lead to serious brain damage, therefore, high school athletes should be required to
“Concussions are potentially one of the most serious, yet the most difficult to diagnose injury in sports,” (Hossler A1). MIllions of high schoolers play football each year, yet, at most, 10 people die each year from the sport. Why do kids keep playing it then? Most of them like it because of the physical aspect, being able to hit other people and is also a good way to keep fit. They also get enjoyment out of it because it’s fun.