CTE and Brain injuries have been a factor that leads to Mike Webster’s health deterioration. The causes of brain injury resulted from a strong impact, causing the brain to collide against the skull. With this happening, the blood vessels stretch out, damaging the cranial nerves. Football is known as a watched sport, therefore, in order to continue, one must have solutions towards the issue while not altering the game. Having safety helmets with paddings can help lessen the impact, bouncing the energy away from the head during a head-on collision.
The documentary Head Games directed by Steve James follows former football player and ex-wrestler, Chris Nowinski, on his mission to uncover the truth about the consequences of playing sports related to concussions. A concussion is a brain injury that you cannot see and where the brain moves around in the skull. More than 3.8 million concussions occur a year due to a sport. The documentary raises the question of whether protective head-gear should be worn in all contact sports. I believe a head is more likely to sustain more damage to the brain without a helmet than a head with a helmet.
An NFL football player will endure somewhere between 900 to 1500 blows to their head over the course of a single season. With an immense amount of blows like this comes an immense amount of damage to a player’s brain. This extensive amount of brain damage has been decided, by Dr. Bennet Omalu, to result in chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Over the course of these discoveries and much controversy, the NFL has been targeted, denied all accusations, done very few things to lessen the risk of concussions in football, and the risks and number of concussions have steadily increased throughout the league’s
Concussion Should football rules ban tackling? Tackling football should not be banned because concussions can stop a player from playing, but it’s a personal choice to play football. Just a couple months ago there was football player ruled out name Brandin Cooks remained out for the remaining of the super bowl on February 4, 2018. Tackling should not be banned because it’s a person chooses to play the sport also the person who chooses to make helmet to helmet that person has to pay the hospital fee. Tackling football should not be banned because concussions can stop a player from playing, but it’s a personal choice to play football in bad conditions.
The long term effects of concussions are extremely tragic and haunts many retired athletes. D. Although concussions are almost impossible to avoid, the concussion crisis needs to be acted upon so that the future generation can stay safe while having fun. Thesis-The preventative measures put in place to protect athletes are not strong enough due to the increasing amount of concussions in contact sports. Paragraph1-
Concussions have just recently been identified as a severe injury and the results of untreated, repeated concussions are downright terrifying. For centuries the brain was a mystery to scientists and doctors, and up until the recent century is when breakthroughs pertaining to the brain have occurred. Now concussions are a somewhat well-known injury, but continue to be a severe injury. With all the attention concussions have gotten through the media, in forms of movies and medical campaigns, the major problem of concussions in football still remains. In the article “The Dangers of Safety Equipment” by Michael Munger, he states that if football athletes came to an agreement to keep each other safe while they keep tackling at the same level of
From youth football to the NFL, concussions are prevalent at every age group and skill level. The NFL has helped to look into youth football in a variety of ways including heads up tackle which is a program that teaching athletes to use proper technique when tackling a player as well as fitting these athletes for equipment. By doing this, youth football players learn how to properly tackle someone to absorb a hit as well as give these athletes the least likely chance of having a major traumatic brain injury (Goldberg). Goldberg’s Hypothesis was that if you teach youth players in the sport of football the proper technique of tackling, concussions would not be an issue. Although the NFL has helped make dramatic impacts on the youth games including leagues such as pop warner which roughly over 40% of NFL athletes played in as a child, there are over 650,000 youth players in the United States and because of this large number, they do not track
Concussions are an increasingly hot topic in sports. No sport is immune to concussion. Though certain sports have higher risks of head trauma, all athletes are put at a risk. Although sports can be enjoyable, stress relieving, competitive, and a way of staying physically fit, awareness for the injury has soared over the years. Being the MVP of an all star sports team is a breathtaking title that only all players of adroitness can dream of.
Many organizations, such as the NFL, have put millions of dollars into research and trying to make the game safer, but as of now, things have only gotten worse. Some believe the National Football League isn’t doing enough and others believe they’re doing too much. One thing is for sure: concussions are not a light matter and something needs to be done to help prevent medical issues. Many players, both amauetur and, professional are being sidelined by these traumatic head
In the high school sports community, concussions remain a high threat to the athletes who do not receive sufficient awareness and the knowledge they need about concussions. Even though sports, such as football, are implementing penalties and different policies to try to reduce the amount of concussions that occur, high school student-athletes still suffer concussions at an alarming rate. Concussions remain a serious public health concern, as approximately 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions are estimated to occur each year. (Covassin, Elbin, Sarmiento 2012). However, North Carolina has taken the initiative to increase the student-athlete 's education of concussions within the high school community.
Injuries caused from head contact need to be eliminated. Concussions and traumatic brain injuries are a very high percentage of the injuries that high school athletes sustain every year. Football is the most common sport for traumatic brain injury with 29.1% of the injuries being treated and released at the emergency room. The percent that is admitted to the emergency room is 24.7% for these brain injuries from playing football. ("Concussion Statistics for High School Sports", Lindsey Barton Straus, JD.
More now than ever athletes are being watched out for when there is trauma to the brain. After multiple cases of poor treatment to concussions parents and doctors are cracking down on letting concussions not be a big deal. As more studies advance, it is discovered that every case is different. The range is created by severity, past experience with trauma, and how the patient heals. Concussions in sports can range in severity, and how they affect each individual over time depending on times of impact.
In 2015 alone, there was 13 deaths attributed to football and 9 of those had something to do with a head injury ref. The amount of concussions in high school athletes would be lowered if high schools would implement stricter athletic regulations, purchase high quality equipment, and require coaches to become certified not only in recognizing, but preventing head injuries. Need of Regulations If high schools would create more head injury regulations, then it would decrease the amount of head injuries sustained by athletes. Most athletes who suffer from just one concussion make a full recovery sis .
Concussions in Sports In sports, concussions occur frequently across all age groups. From little leagues to high school sports to the professional leagues, concussions pose a high risk of long term Traumatic brain injuries. Because of the high rate of concussions in sports more attention should be paid to protocols and treatment to prevent traumatic brain injuries. High school athletes that partake in a sport that requires intense physical activity are the most vulnerable to concussion and need more time to recover. According to the Head Case “High school football accounts for 47 percent of all reported sports concussions, with 33 percent of concussions occurring during practice.”
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