Return-to-play policies are widespread, especially in youth athletics, and they usually recommend sidelining players after a suspected concussion until symptoms resolve. One of the main reasons of sideling an athlete with a suspected concussion is to prevent a rare condition called second-impact syndrome, a potentially fatal brain swelling or bleeding that can occur when a player still recovering from a concussion gets hit again in the head (Tanner 2). Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative disease in the brain, primarily found in athletes who have had repeated brain trauma. In September 2002, a former NFL center: Mike Webster, 50, died. Webster was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1974 to 1990.
Head Injuries In American Football Since the beginning of American football, concussions have been a big problem with players in high school, college, and the National Football League. Concussions have led to the end of many players football careers and in some cases, their lives. People that are in college and the NFL continue, playing even though they are risking their lives just for a little fame. Today football players play the game to make money and just because of their love for the sport. Football concussions can lead to brain injuries or other serious health issues that can be fatal.
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.
Luke Kuechly, a first round draft pick in 2012, is a 25 year old linebacker for the Carolina Panthers. Kuechly is obviously one of the best inside linebackers to play the game as he has already made three trips to the Pro Bowl, was awarded First-Team All-Pro selection three times, and was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012. He has a clear passionate for the game, yet the star may be closer to retirement than he and his fans hope. Kuechly has already received two threatening concussions in his past two seasons that would likely negatively impact his future health and well-being. Fans wait in fear to see if their star defender will ever return to the game.
Dementia is when a person think a lot which interferes with their daily functions. Huntington’s an inherited condition when nerve cells starts to lose the ability over a period of time. Athletes who come in contact with sports are more like like to get it because in a game there is usually hitting each other or even getting injured dramatically. Like no other sport there is always a person who gets injured in the head or in the body but the outcome of both are really serious because it can lead to diseases like
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
Many people question why concussions happen so often within the NFL? After all, these players know how to tackle properly and have they best equipment however the size of these men along with the violent nature of the game is what causes these concussions. Concussions happen at around 140 per season with several players receiving multiple concussions within the same year (Halchin). Team doctors have been extremely cautious in letting these athletes return to the filed of play after being diagnosed with a concussion. Halchin believed that the NFL does a wonderful job in protecting it’s players and said that until hitting is eliminated from the game completely, concussions will be a reoccurring injury and a risk that players have to deal with
Since scientist have begun studying the effects of concussions on the brain with professional football players it has become apparent that concussions can lead to permanent brain damage and memory loss. Also, studies show that because of the speed and hits they receive every day, retired football players have developed brain diseases and short term memory which has made their lives a blight. Since the link of concussions to brain damage has been made, the NFL has made changes in the league to prevent these traumatic diseases. The league has changed the way they practice on the field and even the equipment they use. Even though there is no definite answer to solving the serious amounts of concussive cases in football, the game of football still goes on and precautions are being taken to prevent dramatic
Concussions are a serious head injury that can lead to long term health effects and are very common in high contact sports such as football. A concussion occurs when the brain hits against the interior of the skull. In high contact sports such as football, head to head hitting occurs frequently, potentially resulting in a concussion. Diagnosing concussions can be difficult, which means players can experience multiple minor concussions in a single game. A recent study showed that, “In a study of collegiate athletes, 1/3 reported that they failed to report their concussion for ‘fear’ that being diagnosed with a concussion would result in negative repercussions from the coach or coaching staff” (Abdullah, Grady, Levine.)
(Stanford, n.d.) Concussions are a big issue when it comes to football. More than 56.8% of all concussions in high school are from football (Momsteam, 2013). Football is the main cause of concussions and head injuries. This shows that injuries, like concussions, are very likely when playing football. Knee injuries are pretty common and can take