Dr. Pellman Dementia

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“We discuss it on the list of things every time we have a league meeting … We think the issue of knees, of drugs and steroids and drinking is a far greater problem, according to the number of incidents” and also telling Sports Illustrated quote, “concussions are part of the profession, an occupational risk”. Dr.Pellman seemed as if he was shying away from the real issue and the real question that was at hand during the time. When questioned about concussions, why did he feel the need to bring in other issues such as “knees”, “drinking”, “drugs”? Things that have nothing to do with the brain or even concussions? Does this mean if Dr.Pellman is even shying away from questions about concussions, will he prolong the situation/issue when more and…show more content…
For the Center Mike Webster of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs from 1974-1990, sadly the game started to break him down physically. After years of helmet to helmet collisions, and thousands of reps to be the greatest player he could possibly be in the league Mike started to claim that the sport of football started to give him dementia. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer 's is the most common type of dementia. PBS and Frontline News published several articles covering injuries and mostly concussions in the NFL and how this injury has affected hundreds of players years after their glory days in the league. “NFL Retirement Board rules Mike Webster permanently disabled.” “The NFL Retirement Board rules that Mike Webster’s head injuries from his years playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs left him “totally and permanently” disabled as “the result of head injuries he suffered as a football player.” The head injuries Mike Webster received during his 24 years in the league ended up not only messing him up mentally but most definitely physically later on after his career. Depending on how well you keep your body in shape and how well you are able to prevent as ridiculous as it sounds, head injuries…show more content…
Though the game of football continues to be played in the United States, it also seems that these types of life-changing injuries are still being overlooked even to this day. While there are some better precautions being taken to prevent injuries like concussions and other similar trauma, the NFL purposely hides the real truth in order to ensure the ongoing popularity of the sport. Overall, football continues to grow as one of America’s most popular sports, yet its reputation as being a traumatic and life altering activity is still overlooked by many. Despite the overwhelming evidence that points to an increased risk for post traumatic brain diseases like dementia or Alzheimer 's, many young athletes still aspire to succeed and continue playing the sport. Though mainstream media may be to blame for popularizing the sport of football in the first place, the organizations such as the NFL share just as much responsibility for not thoroughly educating players about the risks they take each time they play the game or simply just participate in
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