He played in the National Football League until he took his own life by overdosing on painkillers. Tyler Sash suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy; Sash was twenty-seven years old at the time of his death. The author provides real life examples to help the audience understand how serious concussions can be. Dr. Culverhouse wins her audience over from this emotional event. Throwaway Players is full of real life struggles that player after player went through in the National Football League.
This may seem as an extreme scenario because of all the security measures taken, but, actually, multiple deaths have already occurred to football players. 19 players were killed in 1905 as a result of playing American football. These deaths are the reason safety is so important today, and also why just one death in modern NFL would destroy the game. Because after 1905 the President at the time, Theodore Roosevelt, said “no more”. Those 19 players symbolize why we should care more about football players’ safety.
Former NFL superstar tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted of executing a man. He killed him with six bullets inside an industrial park, he and was sentenced to life in prison (“Aaron Hernandez’s”). Concussions are a scary reality of playing National Football League (NFL). Every year there are more and more players that are having season ending, or career ending injuries due to hits to the head. There have been many NFL players that have had serious issues due to concussions.
Too many players are receiving life-changing injuries due to the game a football & I think there needs to be a change immediately. I believe there should be tougher rules & improved equipment in American football because, The equipment is very dangerous & unsafe, concussions & injuries rates are increasing tremendously due to the unsafe equipment, & players lifespan are being put at risk. There should be tougher rules and regulations in American football because the equipment isn’t safe, the concussion and injury rate is increasing, and it’s starting to risk the player 's lifespan. There should be
This is why youths shouldn’t play football. Some say kids should be allowed to play football even though there is risk of concussions. Youths are very susceptible to concussions so they should not be allowed to play football. The number of kids in emergency rooms because of concussions has gone up. “Between 2001 and 2009, the number of kids under 19 visiting emergency rooms for concussions each year increased by 62 percent.” (Source #1,pg.1) More evidence states that, “...Pee Wee and Pop Warner players sustain from 240 to 585 head hits per season between ages 9 and 12, a critical period of brain development.”(Source #2,pg.4) This supports the claim that kids should not be able to play football because it is very dangerous and risky.
Injuries caused from head contact need to be eliminated. Concussions and traumatic brain injuries are a very high percentage of the injuries that high school athletes sustain every year. Football is the most common sport for traumatic brain injury with 29.1% of the injuries being treated and released at the emergency room. The percent that is admitted to the emergency room is 24.7% for these brain injuries from playing football. ("Concussion Statistics for High School Sports", Lindsey Barton Straus, JD.
Football causes about ten times the amount of significant brain injuries compared to other popular sports (What). A sport with as much violence as football needs to be taken seriously. Children who are not aware of the consequences and the magnitude of the injuries they can sustain need to be protected. Youth football should be put to an end. If a young adult knows the potential consequences of the game and still chooses to play, then they at least made the decision on their own terms as opposed to an eight or nine year old child whose father signed them up for youth
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).
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.
In a case involving a 17-year-old who played football too soon after suffering a concussion and is now confined to a wheelchair. This was so serious because this teen suffered from second impact syndrome. It is often fatal and happens when a second head injury without recovering fully from the first. This boy got his injury when there was a helmet-to-helmet collision during a punt return. He had symptoms right away, but stayed in the game.