During the recent interview conducted by the New York Times, NFL members have denied having any relationship between the NFL and CTE. However, there is evidence pointing against them. I will try to prove that the NFL and CTE are directly related. This will be accomplish by using information from Dr. Bennet Omalu’s research to prove that high impact sports like football are the major cause of CTE. I will provide information about the life of a retired NFL player who suffered from CTE, Mike Webster.
Finally, critics on the handling of the issue may claim that concussions are still very much a threat in the NFL. This is true, however the number of incidents is on track this year to be even lower than last years. Concussions cannot be abolished entirely, they are present in every athletic activity, from Hockey to Gymnastics. Because of the effort, and the fact that it is showing results, the NFL should be credited for lowering the amount of concussions, an injury which is basically an occupational hazard of all athletes (excluding perhaps
The book Concussion focuses on the dangers of concussions in football and exposes the NFL to its audience for neglecting what concussions were doing to their players. In the book Concussion the author Jeanne Marie Laskas uses Logos and Analogy to persuade NFL players, families, and fans that the NFL should be discredited for endangering NFL players and to spread awareness about the dangers of Football. In the Book Concussion Jeanne Laskas uses statistics in the book to spread awareness about the dangers of football. “ The G-Force for a football being knocked out is about 60-90 G’s to compare a fighter pilot will pass out at 5 or 6 G’s but that’s over a long period of time” (Laskas 164) This shows over a period of time the number of hits will add up and causes problems in the head, and that it’s possibly more dangerous being an NFL player than being a
The price tag for NFL is a couple hundred million dollars(Zimmerman). Over 40% of NFL that is not playing anymore have characteristics of having a severe injury to the brain. The NFL found that it was 271 concussions in 2015 (Burdick). Eighteen people have died while playing football in 1905 but there was a gathering that made changes to guaranteed players safety. This is why people need to have the proper gear.
From 2003 to 2009, the NFL 's presently disbanded Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee deduced in a progression of investigative papers that "no NFL player" had encountered constant cerebrum harm from rehash blackouts, and that "Proficient football players don 't support incessant dreary hits to the mind all the time. A sum of 87 out of 91 previous NFL players have tried positive for the mind infection at the focal point of the open deliberation over blackouts in football, as per new figures from the country 's biggest cerebrum bank concentrated on the investigation of traumatic head damage. That discovering underpins past examination proposing that it 's the rehash, more minor head injury that happens consistently in football that may
The film takes the viewers on a journey through the studies of Doctor Bennet Omalu, a neuropathologist. After the death of Mike Webster, a former center in the NFL, Dr. Omalu completed an autopsy on his body. He ordered a brain test that no one would help him pay for, and what he discovered was outstanding. Uncovering the truth about brain damage in football players with multiple concussions in typical games, Dr. Omalu researched many other football players who had passed away. Dr. Bennet Omalu is the first to discover CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and has placed him at dangerous feud with the National Football League.
The New Orleans Saints bounty scandal was an incident in which affiliates of the New Orleans Saints franchise were suspected of paying out "bounties", for injuring the opposite team. The pool of athletes was suspected to have been in progress from 2009 to 2011. During the offseason in 2010, an unidentified player told NFL execs that the Saints had targeted two players as part of a bounty program. Knockouts were worth $1,500, and cart-offs netted $1,000. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who left the Saints for the Saint Louis Rams in the off-season, coached all four teams (Byrne, 2012).
The sport of football has been evolving to help prevent head injuries. One way that football tries to prevent that is by giving all players a concussion limit. Meaning that you can only get so many head injuries. The limit to how many concussions is 5. Once a player has 5 concussions they are not able to play any more full contact sports for the rest of their life.
Unfortunately, some researchers points out a fact that play football may result in brain issue due to concussion during the game, and it will effect on football players’ rest of life. Thus, NFL has its responsibility to decrease the risk of getting a concussion. During a football game, hits cannot be prevented, even though the players have their pads and helmets on. Once a player has a hit to his head, it may cause a concussion depend on how much g-force he gain. According to the article “Offensive Play” by Malcolm Gladwell, who is a famous journalist and author, he explains that “if you drove your car into a wall at twenty-five miles per hour and you weren’t wearing your seat belt, the force of your head hitting the windshield would be around 100 gs” (Gladwell).
Primary head injury is present at the time of the trauma and is seen as a transient or an irreversible damage to the brain but secondary brain injury is usually as a result of accompanying peri-lesional oedema or raised intracranial pressure or parenchymal ischemia affecting varying parts of the brain. These secondary changes can cause tonsillar herniation especially in cases with raised intracranial pressure and may eventually culminate in the death of the patient. [14-15] The current trend of evaluation of patients with head injury includes Computed tomography (CT), Magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI) and Nuclear medicine. However, cranial CT has emerged the mainstay in the diagnostic work-up of patients with head injury, particularly in the initial assessment of the head injured due to its availability, short image acquisition time and its accuracy in the detection of skull fractures and intracranial haemorrhage. [15 –
Penn State restored their 112 football wins that had been stripped from Sandusky and Paterno although NCAA hit Penn State with a $60 million fine to fund child abuse-prevention programs. The University must reduce 10 initial and 20 total scholarships each year for a four-year period. Sandusky was an assistant coach to Paterno for many years and he was greatly looked upon. After this scandal I think that Penn state being punished for their actions were more than okay, the athletic office of Penn state covering up and hiding what Sandusky had been doing is morally not okay. Everyone is taught right from wrong, when you lie about something there will be consequences, Penn State coved up this scandal for too long and got hit hard.
Several scientists, which were funded by the NFL, claimed that they had found evidence that connected brain and head injuries to a condition that mimicked ALS (“Injuries Mimic ALS”). One of the scientists, Dr. Ann McKee, stated that she had found proteins that proved to be toxic in the spinal cords of three athletes who had obtained head injuries and were later diagnosed with ALS. She said that the proteins were not found in individuals with CTE, a condition similar to ALS. A 2012 study had shown that NFL players might be at higher risk of diseases like ALS (“NFL Players”). The study included nearly 3,500 former NFL players, with 10% already having been passed away.