From 2003 to 2009, the NFL 's presently disbanded Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee deduced in a progression of investigative papers that "no NFL player" had encountered constant cerebrum harm from rehash blackouts, and that "Proficient football players don 't support incessant dreary hits to the mind all the time. A sum of 87 out of 91 previous NFL players have tried positive for the mind infection at the focal point of the open deliberation over blackouts in football, as per new figures from the country 's biggest cerebrum bank concentrated on the investigation of traumatic head damage. That discovering underpins past examination proposing that it 's the rehash, more minor head injury that happens consistently in football that may
Simple implementations such as better helmets, more trainers, and more physicians could further decrease the concussion rate to make the game even safer. With the joint effort from children’s leagues, the NCAA, and the NFL to make the game more secure, yet simultaneously just as enticing, the entire sport of football would be ameliorated, with very minimal cases of concussions. More parents would be willing to let their children play this new style of football instead of holding them back, as they may have done previously due to the fear of head injury. More research and care for concussions could result in even more technological advancements. All of this could easily become a reality with the unification of all types of football, resulting in a benign, yet highly enjoyable
With a growing epidemic of concussions we should spend more time studying concussions and get better protection in the sports we play. There should be more safety requirements, concussion protocols, and better education on concussions.
After researching this topic extensively as well as talking to Dr. Peter Deluca who now acts as the head team physician for the Philadelphia Eagles I have come to the conclusion that concussions are a problem that are not controllable by the NFL. Dr. Deluca explained that these athletes are using the most up to date technology in the world as far as their padding and helmets go and unless hitting is completely eliminated from the NFL concussions is a problem that you will see not only within the NFL but also with every contact sport. Major traumatic brain injuries are something that needs to be taken more seriously especially in youth sports as well as in highs school. I strongly believe that there is more that the NFL can do to help protect these athletes and these athletes should be compensated for the injures that they sustain over the course of a given career. Some other things that I believe that NFL should consider to make the game safer include, Eliminating kickoffs, having a mandatory sit out period after sustaining a major traumatic brain injury, having more support programs for athletes who suffer from concussion issues such as short and long term memory loss and PTSD and lastly, Larger fines for helmet to helmet hits. I think that the team physicians do everything in their power possible to help protect their players but integrity and honesty should be something that they should really demand from these players. Not lying about injuries and allowing the doctors to do their jobs can help reduce the number of concussions by a great deal in hopes that one day we see a game that both the fans and athletes can enjoy equally still while playing at the highest level.
From what I can remember, football has become a Sunday ritual in my family since I was a kid. Growing up in the Northeast, we lived a couple hours from Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York. Being the playing ground for the New York Jets 1964 to 1983, now the New York Jets play at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Living so close to the stadium and having family members like my Dad, Uncles, and Grandfather take the train or a boat over to watch Joe Namath play was an experience I wish I could have been a part of. Football has become so popular in America, that they have a day dedicated to watching your favorite team play their hardest versus one of the other thirty-one teams in the league. Sunday once
In 2002, when the first case of CTE had been officially diagnosed by Bennet I. Omalu, M.D. and Julian Bailes, M.D., the NFL had initially attacked the claims done by this independent study funded only through donations and fundraisers. However, now the NFL has begrudgingly come out in support of CTE research, donating 30 million to the National Institute of Health. Also, the NFL allowed doctors to intervene in the event of a bad hit, as well as the ability to keep him benched. They also did
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
Since the beginning of football, there has been too much head to head contact. According to Dr Weil (2016), “4,500 former professional football players filed a complaint of the consequences of concussion (long term effects).” These long term effects include such as Alzheimer 's, Parkinson 's, or severe cognitive impairment. About $870 million has been spent on National Football League(NFL) players for concussion related injuries. NFL players are literally being paid to play the game, but what they don 't think of is having to suffer the long term concussion effects. 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
The regulatory history of the NFL demonstrates that “under circumstances in which caution would ordinarily characterize medical advice, concussions in football players have been regarded and treated differently from concussions in other settings” (Robeson and King 338). Concussions are brain trauma. Concussions are medical. Medically speaking, the same rules for concussions in other contact sports should be applied to football. There should be no difference, and the variations indicate significant gaps in the regulations provided by the NFL. Additionally, following the idea that concussions are evaluated, monitored, and governed inappropriately, the regulations and authoritative relationships influence the players’ health decisions in certain situations. According to Robeson and King, “one of the return-to-play stipulations is that players are encouraged to be candid [with team physicians]” therefore expecting players to “self-diagnose” (339). This regulation is inadequate because the rule forces a player to choose between loyalty to his team and the importance of keeping himself healthy. He will choose to play and “take one for the team” rather than being looked at by an unbiased physician who tells him he cannot re-enter the game (Robeson and King 335). The biased regulation, placing all responsibility on the player and is medically
"Unlike a broken ankle, or other injuries you can feel with your hands, or seen on an x-ray, a concussion is a disruption of how the brain works”- USA Football (Kuwana, Ellen). You can say concussions are part of human nature; it happens every time, both in sports and daily life. Concussions are fatal injuries with possible long-term effects; it must be taken seriously, should not be stereotyped, as minor injuries and equipment must be improved through science in order to deal with the seriousness of concussions. This paper will discuss the basics of a concussion, prevention and treatment of concussions in football and lastly the social impacts of a concussion.
Throughout the years there has been an increase in the number of players with concussions in professional sports. Safety procedures such as ensuring equipment and head gear fit properly along with whenever a player is injured from head-to-head contact, they are examined by a physician for concussion like symptoms and or a concussion. According to Weill Cornell 's Concussion and Brain injury clinic, concussions may possibly have long lasting effects such as headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating or completing tasks, irritability, and the sense that you “just do not feel like yourself”. Overall, additional rules an regulations need to be added to professional sports to prevent the risk of traumatic brain damage also known as concussions.
Football is one of the most important sports which represents the traditional culture in the United States. In this country, most people enjoy watching and playing football, also there are numerous events about football such as the Super Bowl. Football seems to be extremely common, but in fact, many researches show that it is dangerous for players who started playing football since they were young and became professional athletes later. In other words, football may cause players’ health problems such as concussion, dementia and so on. During the game, there are lots of hits and collisions happened. Thus, within a contact sport, head injury is inevitable, which is especially true in football. Recently, some researchers describe football as a
Junior Seau, one of the greatest linebackers in the history of the NFL. He played football for twenty years. He started most of those years for the San Diego Chargers. After retiring as a very wealthy man in 2010, he committed suicide on May 2, 2012. After he died scientists examined his brain and found evidence of CTE. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE “is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma” (CTE Center). CTE was first identified in 1928 and called “punch drunk syndrome” in order to describe the effects several boxers were having. Over the next 75 years, researchers found similar findings in boxers and others with brain trauma. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
discoveries related to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), parents, doctors, and fans are starting to wonder about how safe football is. CTE has now been proven to cause depression, memory loss, and even suicide in former NFL, college, and some high school players. Although there is no way around these facts, people should be encouraged by the progress football is making to keep players safe.The greatest safety question about football is the adequacy of the equipment players use. People have also begun to look at the governing body of a football league to see what they are doing to protect their players. Football today is without
Four in ten visits for children ages 5 to 14 are sports related injuries. There are many types of injuries associated with youth sports. Three of these injuries are growth plate injuries, concussions, and overuse injuries.