Webster was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1974 to 1990. After his retirement from football he had suffered from amnesia, dementia, depression and a host of physical ailments. He becomes the first former NFL player to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) ("Concussions in Sports"). A
Many people tend to overlook the size of players at major universities until they reach the professional level; however former athletes will admit that they have had teammates who used performance enhancing drugs. Kicked off the Ole Miss football team in 2008, Jared Foster believes that the NCAA may have a serious issue to deal with. The former quarterback pleaded guilty to supplying a man with anabolic steroids and was quoted as saying, “Everybody around me was doing it.” Playing in the Southeastern Conference, Ole Miss always finds themselves at or near the top of many college football rankings each season (Apuzzo). Of course, if this former juice junky claims that everyone on his team used anabolic steroids, how many other collegiate teams have multiple drug abusers? Some say the size of players has become somewhat concerning.
Every year dozens of football players are dead from CTE or diagnosed with it. CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) slowly kills brain cells. Just imagine that your kid becomes a star like Aaron Rodgers, but when he gets one too many hits. He gets diagnosed with CTE and his life
Concussions are a scary reality of playing NFL football. Every year there are more and more players that are having season ending, and career ending injuries due to hits to the head. There have been many NFL players that have had serious issues due to concussions. Former NFL superstar tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted of executing a man with a half-dozen bullets inside an industrial park. He was sentenced to life without parole (“Aaron Hernandez’s”).
The paycheck comes in on this day, the game is on that day, and at all times, you know where you belong”(Kluwe). Life for NFL player’s can be financially tough for them when they retire. How their job can be very demanding is because a lot of these athletes have to play whether their injured or not and many of the guys in the nfl risk getting permanent damage to their brains and many times these guys are pressured to use performance Enhancing Drugs to make them better at their sport so they risk they risk their reputations and body for their
Football has been a major American tradition for roughly 150 years. Football is played just about all over the world, just somewhat differently than the American techniques. Even Though it has been a tradition, it hasn 't always been played the same. Over time Americans have realized how dangerous football is, “ But football was already a deadly sport. Eighteen people died that year during games, three of them college players, and the rest high school athletes.” (source 1) The year 1905, football was “all the rage”, and attracted many people, as athletes began to play, more people began to get injured.
Drug testing would be the best idea, but it is still not 100% on results quite yet. Hopefully soon they will get drug test that will be able to pick up all types of performance-enhancing drugs. Steroids will continue to be a big issue in the sports industry. These types of drugs should not be allowed because it gives the player a greater advantage over other players who are playing with their natural ability. Many players will take steroids to help them play better.
Symptoms such as mood swings are a very serious condition that needs to be payed attention to. Thomas still is not able to control his mood swings after all of these years. I agree with Thomas when he says “One thing that I realized is that discussing the effects of concussions and the reality of the situation doesn 't make me less of a man, less tough, less loyal to the National Football League, a less love for the game," he said. "All it means is that I 'm not an ignorant fool, and that I don 't ignore factual evidence that this is happening to not only football players, but [other athletes]”. It is very important to understand this is not a local issue in just football.
One major problem that many doctors have recognized is that concussions not only affect players while they are playing the game of football but their lives long after their career ends. Articles written by (Nancy Didehbani) and (Marshall Kerr) discussions how player’s brains functions long after their careers end. Some of the issues they found with concussions are Short and long term memory loss, prescription drug abuse and depression and in some of the worst cases, suicide (Kerr). Studies of the brain after a NFL athlete’s careers show strong correlations linked to concussions. Which raises the question should the NFL require players who are diagnosed with concussions during their playing careers receive therapy and treatment in order to
Over the past three seasons, the NFL alone has reported over 690 concussion related injuries causing major athletes such as Ben Roethlisberger, Devonta Freeman, DeAndre Hopkins, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to miss significant time on the field (CNN 2015). Testing in sports have always been significant, but as of late, they have come to the forefront following the large concussion lawsuit filed against the National Football League and the countless names emerging from Major League Baseball for being linked to performance enhancing drugs. Health and player safety is becoming the number one issue for many of the professional sports leagues including the National Basketball Association and the Federation International de Futbol Association
In the same token the article by Boston University that it ranked highly ranked in the medicine division also familiar with brain damage stated, “Nine-year NFL veteran, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Tom McHale was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by head trauma, when he died in 2008 at the age of 45.” (Boston University, 1). McHale was the sixth case of known CTE on football players at the time, and CTE shows a similar symptoms to Alzheimer’s disease. Kids are put in danger every time they step on a football field to play. Is it reasonable to be a parent and just brush off the fact that every time they step on the field may be the last time that their child will remember everything due to the fact that they may develop CTE? Protect the future leaders from concussions, they deserve a better future.