Concussions in sports have been on a rise more than ever, not only just in football but also in other sports such as kids’ soccer and ice hockey. There are major outcomes that can occur with concussions, as in C.T.E. (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). This condition occurs when a player is hit, gets a concussion and part of the brain vessels block off with dead brain vessels. This has caused multiple deaths in many athletes like Mike Webster, a former Pittsburgh Steeler, who lived in his truck while going insane. He would taser himself just to go to sleep because of concussions in his former football career. Webster and many such as Terry Long, Junior Seau, and Andrew Waters have died because of concussions and C.T.E. and today it is on …show more content…
With all the different treatment processes which are the best? Hines Ward once said after his concussion “If you want to prevent concussions, take the helmet off: play old school football with leather helmets, no facemask, when you put a helmet on you’re going to use it as a weapon.”(Piazza). The N.F.L. will spend $40 million in the next five years on long-term effects of concussions and C.T.E., and $100 million has already spent in long-term studies on the impact of concussions and repeated head blows (Belson). A new helmet is being designed by Peter Halldin and Hansvon Holst are making a helmet that allows sliding between helmet and head. An inner shell, which is attached to the helmet with joints that move under certain angles of impact. When a glancing blow lands at an angle, the helmet will rotate while the head does not move (Piazza). There is also a new program known as HITS, which allows researchers to find real world impacts as well as the location where impact occurs (Piazza). Richard Greenwald used HITS in a study in Brown University in 2008 nearly 300,000 impacts occurred while helmet on helmet (Piazza). Concussions in sports have risen due to the cause of head trauma, will it continue to get worse, until someone does something about
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Mike Webster, a former NFL player, who played for the Steelers in the 1970s have started to experience head trauma and health complications. He began to struggle with his normal routine and family relationship, ending up homeless. From Frontline documentary film, “A League of Denial” explains how “he later died from a cardiac arrest on September 24, 2002, where Dr. Omalu examined the cause of his death.” How this happened may correlate to the football player's head-on collision of the brain resulting in what is known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is known as a neurodegenerative disease that affects the person’s cognitive function, altering their behavior.
The long-term side effects of these traumatic injuries have led spectators and doctors to speculate the dangers of head on collision in sports. Furthermore, concussions lead to TBI which leads to depression and problems with their functioning. Brain injuries have led to famous NFL players committing suicide and losing their families and
Not only is this not very important, as they make almost 20 billion dollars per year, but it would actually benefit them financially, as they would be spending much less on medical expenses for injuries. The technology that would be required for the league to substantially reduce their head injuries, as well as other injuries, has already been publicly available for many years and is easily inexpensive enough for them to afford. This technology is called D3O. It is a non-Newtonian fluid that is easily moldable and flexible but becomes very stiff and energy absorbent when it is struck. The NFL is just starting to experiment with D3O, but they are choosing not to put it into their equipment. They are working on researching how much they need to be as effective as possible, and how to get enough of it while staying within their
Many products such as helmets, headbands, and mouth guards have been claimed to prevent concussions. But, as of right now, none of these claims have been sustained/ lived up to that claim(Sports). Most of these products offer protection, not prevention. Football leagues need to do more to help the safety of young football players because, they are not fully independent adults, and, they are not represented by the players union as NFL players are. This means that football leagues need to do more to protect the safety and well being of football
In Brian W. Benson’s article, he states, “Concussion results in a graded set of clinical symptoms that may or may not involve loss of consciousness or memory dysfunction.” Major injuries are always an issue when it comes to contact sports among all ages. Due to this, changes have been made to the physical rules of the game. For example, in all levels, there is now a penalty for head contact. Hockey is a fast-paced game and it can be difficult to perform a clean body check.
With the scientific advancements this world has made we are now able to discover things we weren’t previously able to discover, and one of those things happens to be concussions. Concussions didn’t used to be a huge deal because there wasn’t enough information known about them. Doctors are now able to more easily identify and concussion and know the severity of it. Concussions can happen in just about any sport,
THE INCREASING NUMBER OF CONCUSSION IN ATHLETES ARE DETRIMENTAL TO THE FUTURE OF SPORTS In the recent years, concussions have become a common accident related to various types of sports around the globe. A concussion is a traumatic injury of the brain, they can also be as a result of a sudden blow on the body. Such a blow may cause the head to jerk back and forth in a rapid motion. This may cause a bounce or twist within the skull, which may over stretch the brain, cause cell damage and alter chemical functioning within the brain.
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.
Carson Simpson Mrs. Gallos English 3 Honors 24 April 2017 Concussions in Football Although football is a very popular sport, changes need to be made. There is a lot of research and data showing head injuries in football and how they hurt the players. The NFL tries to just sweep these cases away because they know it would hurt the popularity and economical support of the sport. Head injuries and concussions are the most popular injuries in football because of the fact that they are one of the most dangerous injuries a player could have.
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.
Concussion “Smack”! “Bam”! That 's the sound of two helmets colliding. This can result in serious head trauma and concussions. I believe that concussions are being continuously being prevented in sports like football and that the argument of concussions not being prevented well is not completely true.
Redesigning the Football Helmet Head to head contact is a very serious matter. Kids, adults, and everyone in between are getting hurt in football due to the hard hits they take either in practice or games. The goal is to make football safer but people are still getting hurt and even killed. There are new helmets coming out every year but still not eliminating the problem.
"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...").
Study's show that players can get concussion from to hard of hits. The hits add up over time and can take a terrible toll. According to Hard Knocks "C.T.E is a head trauma- induced disease linked to depression, impulse control problems, memory loss, and dementia.". We need to decrease the hits players got. Some players get old safety gear that’s been past down long past its prime.
In science class we have been learning about concussions for several weeks now and throughout the many weeks of hard work, I realized how life threatening concussions are. I realized that we need to keep our environment safe from concussions by keeping our school sports safe by wearing protective wear, knowing how to treat students with concussions and knowing how to find out if students have concussions. Clinton Township Middle School has many amazing sports opportunities for students here at CTMS but is everyone aware of how dangerous they can be if you aren’t wearing the right protective gear? People may think it’s ridiculous to wear padded helmets in sports like soccer, but it’s better than possibly causing damage to your brain. For instance, in science we were assigned to create a protective helmet that can avoid concussions my group