Many of the young adults that play the game suffer from injuries such as concussions, making the sport a highly debated topic on whether it is safe for young athletes to play the game. Hard Knocks by Gabriel Charles Tyler is an article which provides valuable information regarding the effects of concussions caused in sports like football, how often they occur, and how people suffer from them. “Concussion Hazards in Youth Football” is an interview from CNN, of a renowned
This is why youths shouldn’t play football. Some say kids should be allowed to play football even though there is risk of concussions. Youths are very susceptible to concussions so they should not be allowed to play football. The number of kids in emergency rooms because of concussions has gone up. “Between 2001 and 2009, the number of kids under 19 visiting emergency rooms for concussions each year increased by 62 percent.” (Source #1,pg.1) More evidence states that, “...Pee Wee and Pop Warner players sustain from 240 to 585 head hits per season between ages 9 and 12, a critical period of brain development.”(Source #2,pg.4) This supports the claim that kids should not be able to play football because it is very dangerous and risky.
She believes young football players are too uneducated to understand the importance of rest during concussions. Culverhouse also talks about the human brain and how it develops well past high school. These kids should understand the importance of how a concussion can affect a person later in life. Culverhouse firmly believes that no twenty year old should have to suffer from constant headaches, brain damage, depression, memory loss, and fuzzy thinking at such a young age. “Poor management of high school players’ concussions isn’t just a football issue.
The league has been encountering head trauma issues for years─it is a disease ruining the careers of present and future players. Even after realizing the issues, the league has been unsuccessful in trying to improve problems that lead up to head trauma. Allowing the game to be played as it currently is, having players tolerate surgeries throughout their careers, and ruining their future lives is ruthless. Whether it be a significant change of rules, upgraded helmets, or sports-tech innovations, providing greater safety for the players is a necessity. For the past few years, the NFL has acknowledged how serious these occurrences are; still, they stabilized the game as it is, and have failed to take action.
In my research I found that helmets were not mandatory until the 30’s which left a lot of players open to injury especially when half the players were wearing helmets and the other half were not while playing on the field. A concussion is a disturbance in brain function that occurs following either a blow to the head or as a result of the violent shaking of the head. Common symptoms of concussions include headache, amnesia, confusion, pressure in the head, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, ringing in the ears, slurred speech, sensitivity to light or noise, fatigue.
“CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma” (BU “What is CTE”) This has been especially found in athletes linked to football and boxing with a long history of concussions. However CTE cannot be diagnosed until death, so players will never know they had it. The other reason for the publicity of concussions is SIS. Second Impact Syndrome is if a player has been injured and they sustain a second, even mild, blow to the head. “(SIS) occurs when a person with a concussion, even a very mild one, suffers a second blow before fully recovering from the first.
The South got the victory over the North Saturday in the 42nd annual Lions All-Star football game at Tracy High School's Wayne Schneider Stadium. But, perhaps an asterisk should be put next to its 51-38 win. To prevent a blowout, when a team has more than a nine point lead, the losing team will receive the ball after every touchdown, regardless of who scores. That rule gave the South extra possessions, which helped it fight back from a 38-21 halftime deficit. “That rule just killed all of our momentum,” said a frustrated Zerek Saldivar following the game.
In 2006 Boston Children's Hospital and the leader of sports concussions Doctor William Meehan says "Given the number of kids who play, I would be really surprised if there is an increased risk. He also says "we are talking millions of players who would be suffering from this. I don’t want people to stop playing the sport due to something that is a low, low risk." The low risk of concussions is not the only reason you should let your kids play football. For the love of the game, football is Americas most popular sport.
Head injuries drive a player out of the sport earlier than normal, so the NFL has looked into the issue and has gone about bettering technology and equipment to prevent concussions in the future. Football is a very aggressive and dangerous sport to play, and researchers are studying the brain to better understand how the brain becomes damaged due to a hard
It may cause depression, may lead to serious health issues, and it may cause domestic violence. Concussions in the NFL may lead to depression. Concussions are detrimental to the life of a football player. Studies conclude that risk for depression is greater for the players who have been through trauma to the head. For instance, “According to the data, players who’d had three to four concussions had twice the risk of clinical depression as players who had no history of concussions.