Within class, we have been discussing the topic of allowing your son to play the physical sport football. Would you allow your son to play football with having the insight of all the risks they would be taking? I would not allow my son to play football because of how physical it is. High school football has the highest rate of concussions at 47.1% over all the other sports played by high schoolers.
Within the article, “Would you let your son play football” on ESPN.com states, “The issue of player safety and concussions would have a very real, very fresh face.” This is significant because once a football player dies they are examined, which the majority of football players have serious injuries in their brains. Although many brain injuries are found due to football, there is not much awareness that is spreaded to warn people about these risks.
After the life of playing football, many things become f=difficult as you adjust to the life without football. Within the autopsy of Mike Webster after he died from a heart attack, he found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy. In this article, “Mike Webster autopsy 'one of the most significant moments in the history of sports, '” it was found that Mike Webster’s brain was way older than his actual age. “Omalu described Webster 's brain as one of "boxers, very old people with Alzheimer 's …show more content…
Within one of the videos we had watched, a Ted Talk about “Football Helmets Don’t Protect Against Concussion- We’re Not Sure What Does,” it is spoken about the question, do helmets really prevent injuries from occurring? “The brain is one of the softest substances in the human body- it’s more like jell-o.” As it is explained, the brain is the most sensitive part within the body, which needs very much care for it. If the helmets do not prevent concussions or injuries, how can we really rely on them to protect our children? If they can not help then I do not really see a point of them, but they do help more than not having
Since children are not fully developed, it is morally reprehensible to allow them to play such a sport in which they can possibly have life-changing or life-ending injuries. Far too many high school athletes get concussions from playing football (Watson 35). Approximately 100,000 high schoolers report concussions each year
In the NFL every week there are injuries including concussions. In 2015 there were 199 concussions suffered by NFL players(Breslow). Also lots of head injuries are showing up in deceased NFL players(Breslow). Mike Webster, a hall of fame center, died at age 50 after experiencing dementia and depression was found with CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy) which is a disease found in mainly sports players who have suffered multiple cases of head
Would I Let My Son Play Football? Can teenagers and children that contribute in football get experience that can help them in the future?. Teens that contribute in this serious sport can get extremely damaged or even die, but many of the teens and children that contribute in either High School Football or Pop Warner Football many capabilities, such as teamwork and problem solving. I would be pleased for my child to play football, because he can gain knowledge in working with others, solve his problems as a team, and learn that when life brings him down, he has to get back up no matter if they bring him down in a game or in the real world.. Additionally, if he desires to continue football and become a professional football player.
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
OP-ED Football Dangers I believe that football is very dangerous and could have horrible consequences. If parents let their kids play football they could seriously get injured. They could break bones or get a concussion. The evidence is the amount of breaks and concussions per year.
Concussions are extremely common now a days and need to be examined properly. Should parents be most concerned about football injuries that could affect their children’s ability to learn new skills or participate in class? Will those injuries put their children at a disadvantage that outweighs the advantages of playing sports? The research is based off of these questions. The injury that I am deeply interested in is dealing with the youth and how a concussions affects them personally and in schooling.
For example, Mike Webster, former Steeler player, was said to be one of the greatest centers alive. However being a Center in football, requires tons of head to head contact. For every snap that is made, Mike made contact with another player with his head. It is said to be that Mike played throughout his years suffering from a concussion but did not attempt to let his mind rest. After his retirement, Mike was said to
People think banning football would decrease the amount of head injuries, “Characterized by hard tackles and intense speeds, the sport is conducive to a number of serious injuries, but there is one that has received a substantial amount of attention: mild traumatic brain injury and concussions” (Grush). Injuries can be prevented by the coaches focusing more on tackling the right way to anticipate injuries having to do with not doing it the right way. Also, most deaths having to do with football do not have to do with concussions, but with heat strokes. This can be prevented by pushing back the practicing season for football. Another thing, kids and parents know what they are getting into with the dangers and all, but they sign up anyway.
A critical build up in protein in the brain, that has been linked to Alzheimer's disease, has been proven to be five times more likely to occur in players that have had a concussion and memory loss. Drugs that have the potential to block the brain injury from turning into Alzheimer's disease have not been created yet. Therefore, if your child played football and got a concussion which caused memory loss, they would be five times more likely for premature
A sixteen year old boy was darting down the sideline where he met a linebacker, and he took a helmet-to-helmet hit. He laid on the turf insensate as the ambulance came rolling in. It was his third concussion that year, and he died later that night. According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, there were seventeen deaths across all levels of football in 2013 mostly from hits to the head. As a parent, I would not allow my children to play football.
Head injuries, such as concussions are extremely detrimental to development, and children who play tackle football often receive them. This article states that “..the age of 12 [was found to be] the dividing line because it is an important time for the brain,’ and “players between the ages of 9 and 12 are exposed to an average of 240 head impacts in a single football season.” Every time these children have a head impact, they are somehow damaged cognitively. Tackling and physical contact is arguably the most important part of football, so this means that a child’s developing body and mind will constantly be taxed by injuries or intense head-on collisions. It has been made clear that developmental years are far too important to be interrupted by the ferocity of tackle football.
In an article done by “Psychology Today,” they prove that is more likely a seventeenyearold will get a concussion in a car crash than playing football. Football may be a dangerous sport but there are many dangerous things in life, the best thing people can do is inform players and allow them to make their own
"By the time they get to high school, kids have a 5% chance of sustaining a concussion for each season they play" (Zimmerman). If they choose to keep playing football then they will eventually end up with a brain concussion or brain damage. Over the years 65-80% of head injuries go unnoticed ("Stopping the..."58). Football player ignore the fact that it is just a headache. Hospitals took 150,000 in 2001 to 250,000 in 2009 dramatically increased because of concussions ("Injuries in...").
“The impact damages the brain. It interferes with the way the brain functions, causing problems like headaches and memory loss.” Kids football has been a controversial issue because kids can damage their brain when playing football. Kids shouldn’t be able to play football because it injures the kid’s brain, and some of the helmets don’t protect the kid’s heads. To begin with, kids shouldn’t be able to play football because it injures the kid’s brain.
Why Your Children Should Not Play Football Yet. “Diagnosed concussions rose by nearly 32 percent in the NFL in the 2016 season” (Seifert). The concussions in the NFL are very high. If this sport is this dangerous at the level for grown men then it must be dangerous for children to play. If men can get hurt playing the game of football then a child certainly can get hurt playing this game as well.