I’m sure over the years of watching American football you have wondered what I have wondered. You know cool things like whatever happened to seven defensive linemen defenses? I 'm sure those were the days... (Oh the scoring!)
This paper studies the evolution of football equipment and how each piece of equipment has changed the game. It begins with a discussion of the origins of American football and its storied history. The second section then explores how each piece of protective equipment is used and how they have positively and negatively affected the sport. The third section examines the fact that injuries that have increased despite the evolution of different equipment and will focus, most importantly, on the helmet and concussions. It continues by looking at the ways the NFL is attempting to make football safer for its players.
Football rules have been changing for the better of athletes over the years it has existed. Football rules early on where an advancement, but they didn’t know all the medical things we know now about player safety. In 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt demands change of rules in football or be abolished after 18 people are killed while playing in one year. “The first leather football helmet was worn by Joseph Reeves… This marks the birth of the American Football “ Football didn’t advance very fastly on player safety.
The foundation of every defense is the defensive front. The front refers to where each position is when lined up. The seven most common fronts are the 4-3, the 3-4, the 4-4, the 5-2, the 5-3, the 6-2, the Goal Line Defense. All of these fronts have different strengths and weakness’. The 4-3 is most used at the upper levels.
In the true story based movie and the documentary, the dangers of head injuries in football are laid out for the viewer. Dr. Bennet Omalu discovered the brain injury chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE; however, the NFL was in denial about the effects football had on the brain and had on causing CTE. I believe that the NFL’s denial to the accusations were detrimental to many football players and that serious consideration should be taken into the way football is played overall. When Dr. Omalu originally diagnosed CTE on Mike Webster and the NFL denied that football was the cause for his death and disease.
The National Football League (NFL) is one of Americas greatest past time, and although this sport has brought many people closer together, there are devastating events starting to surface about this breathtaking sport, and the athletes that play it. Concussions are becoming a problem in the NFL and also at football at every level. Many people are starting to see the effects of it, which is a concerning for the NFL. The NFL has done a lot to change the outcome of concussions, and they have also come up with numerous rules and techniques for players to use to protect themselves and others, and to put a stop to traumatic injuries these athletes are facing.
Concussions are among the most common and most dangerous injuries youth athletes receive. Most concussions and other mild traumatic brain injuries should completely go away within one to six weeks. In some cases, however, people experience post-concussion syndrome (PCS) with symptoms lasting far longer than this. Post-concussion syndrome can include headaches, dizziness, irritability, difficulty focusing or completing tasks, etc. (Long).Because of safety precautions sports leagues are unwilling to take, people will suffer from serious physical, cognitive, and emotional problems.
The National Football League is placed under scrutiny for reconstructing the game of football away from its purest form. Football in its purest form is a brutal game. Injuries are common and encompass a range from a less serious sitting out one play of a game to the more serious career ending collision. Recently, football is being changed in an attempt to increase the safety of the players and the experience for fans.
While football is extremely prevalent in the American society, the tremendous contact and skyrocketing concussion rates have stimulated concern about the exposure of developing brains to neurological trauma, resulting in lasting cognitive impairment. Julie Stamm, with a PhD in anatomy and neurobiology, utilizes experimental data to demonstrate the correlation between football athletes who play prior to the age of 12 and long term critical impairment in memory, flexibility, and intelligence (Moran). In contrast to mature or developed athletes, the neurological development peak in adolescents at the age of 12 exposes youth athletes to a “window of vulnerability,” leading to heightened risk of long-term neurological damage (Moran). During the
American football has many different aspects that helped change America today. Football has earned millions of fans to the game every year. The sport has changed and helped various people strive through life. At the same time, football has caused many downsides that have changed people’s lives forever. Through the beginning to now, football has been filled with many impacts and injuries that have changed the game.
Football should be a Olympic sport because it is the top watched sport in the USA, and more and more people watch it every day and i would bet you that you have watched the nfl hardest hits. Football is a great sport if you have never played it i would tell you to it if sun and you have to use your brain. And I mean who doesn’t want to watch men hit each other as hard as they can. Everywhere you look you see football every time you watch the sports channel the top headline is football or there is always something about football. Football has been around for a long time, it is one of the oldest sports to date so it has history one of the reasons why it should be an olympic sport.