It seems that every week players are getting injured and carted off the field and statistics show that concussions had risen 32 percent between the 2014-2015 seasons, that is 271 concussions in the 2015 season compared to 206 in 2014. There was also an increase of ACL and MCL injuries between the 2014-2015 seasons, although the change was not as drastic. These statistics from ESPN show that there might be a better way to play the game but the leagues and programs insist that the players know the risks of what they are doing. As hundreds of thousands of sports concussions continue to happen every year, the issue has gathered people who say that the leagues/programs should do more and others who say that concussions and getting injured are just …show more content…
In a study on concussed athletes the ones who continued to play had worse scores on both mental function tests performed eight days after the concussion and 30 days after the concussion. Medical records showed mental function had been similar in all players before their concussions (Tanner 2). In April of 2016, A study presented at an American Academy of Neurology meeting revealed that “more than 40 percent of retired National Football League players had signs of traumatic brain injury based on sensitive MRI scans called diffusion tensor imaging ("Concussions in Sports"). A study published in the journal Neurology tracked 3,439 retired players with at least 5 seasons in the NFL found that those players are four times as likely as other men their age to die of Alzheimer 's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) ("Concussions in Sports"). 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. After his retirement from football he had suffered from amnesia, dementia, depression and a host of physical ailments. He becomes the first former NFL player to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) ("Concussions in Sports"). A
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In 2010 the NFL finally acknowledged that many of its ex-players were suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). On September 30, 2014, it was announced that 76 of the 79 brains of former NFL players studied by Dr. Ann McKee tested positive for CTE. This study also conducted was the largest brain study to date and doubled the increase in the number of confirmed cases of CTE. In 1994, then NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue approved the creation of the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) Committee with the goal of studying the effects of concussions and sub-concussive injury in NFL players.
In 1995, the Board of the NFL’s retirement plan agreed that injuries sustained during his football career had caused Webster to suffer total and permanent mental disability. In addition, Webster’s doctors concurred that blows to the head that Webster accumulated over his career damaged his frontal lobe, causing cognitive dysfunction. Following his death, Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian American, physician, forensic pathologist and neuropathologist performed an autopsy on Mike Webster’s body. As Dr. Omalu was conducting the autopsy, he pursued the root of Mike’s cognitive disabilities. Furthermore, Dr. Omalu diagnosed Mike Webster with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) , a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma.
This film tells the true story of a forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu who discovers neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer's disease in former NFL player Mike Webster. Omalu publishes his findings and names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is the result of taking too many hits to the head. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, Dr. Omalu embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma. This film shows how serious concussions in the NFL really are and that people need to be more aware of the long-term side effects that come with football-related head injuries. Scientist have proven that damage to the brain caused by concussions can last for decades after the original head trauma.
There have been many NFL players that have had serious issues due to concussions. Postmortem X-rays Hernandez suffered the worst case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) ever in a 27 year old, this likely affected his memory and control over his actions (“Aaron Hernandez’s”). While in prison Hernandez committed suicide using his bedsheets. Once a person dies, they can have an autopsy scan. Autopsy scans can take from sixty minutes to five hours (concussion [page 12]).
It’s rare to see the NFL under fire, but when it come to concussions, that’s a different story. The NFL claims progress is being made. On the first day of the start of the NFL season, linebacker Stewart Bradley of the Philadelphia Eagles tackled a player head first; his legs began to buckle and he collapsed. Minutes later, he was subbed back into the game. The NFL calls that progress?
Many football players get hits through their helmets that could cause a brain disease called CTE, which affects the lobe of their brain that is vital for emotion control and aggression. The number of football players arrested for domestic violence and murder has increased over the years. Aaron Hernandez, a player who was sentenced for murder, killed himself, leaving doctors to find out later that he had CTE. The disease cannot be seen until the football player is deceased and it is too late. More people are becoming aware of this disease because of movies such as, “Concussion,” based on a
Within class, we have been discussing the topic of allowing your son to play the physical sport football. Would you allow your son to play football with having the insight of all the risks they would be taking? I would not allow my son to play football because of how physical it is. High school football has the highest rate of concussions at 47.1% over all the other sports played by high schoolers.
As has been discussed previously, the role of concussive injuries in sport is currently controversial and subject to much discussion. It is notable that there are specific sports related attitudes to concussion as well as more general mechanistic approaches. The following section will seek to address these points in more detail utilising published literature. The tern concussion, also known as a mild traumatic brain injury, is derived from the Latin concussus which means to shake violently (Cantu, 1996).
The topic I chose to present on is that of concussion in sports. Consequently, in this multi-genre project you will see many different types of genres presented throughout Each genres is something that allows the reader to see the more human and scientifically side of disorder. The human side will allow you as a reader to be able to connect with the people in the stories that are presented. The scientific part show how a Concussion can occur and the symptoms of one. Moreover this is something that needs to be know
In addition to media coverage, I believe that fans and media should encourage NFL to create a better mental health program to help ex-NFL players and NFL should accept the proposition. While immediate effects of concussion such as nausea, headache, and vomiting, the players must worry more about long-term mental health issues including depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and other traumatic brain injuries. While many current and former players acknowledge the fact about long-term effects of concussion, not many players have enough money or connections to analyze their brains to check and recover from those mental issues. If NFL and other sports organizations create a great mental health program for current and ex-players suffering from concussion, the idea of concealment and distrust of those organizations will disappear by good deeds and create a philanthropic company figure for the
The NFL is about to go into one of the most unwanted territories it has ever been into, but this is definitely an issue that it needs to grasp before they are to deep into it and this is the issue of head injuries sustained by players. This issue is overwhelmingly forcing the hands of player’s future careers. This is something that our society has never seen before with things such as players retiring one to two years into their career due to the scare that head injuries have on these players. Along with after players retire they are receiving statements from these players saying that the NFL doesn’t do enough in the protection of head injuries. The NFL has had considerable problems with concussions dating all the way back to the 1900’s (Powell,
The NFL has had a problem with concussions for the last twenty years. Recent studies have shown that concussions hurt your brain in the long term of your life which is to be expected when getting hit in the head with 1600 pounds of force from an average defensive player. But this is exactly what the players signed up for. Lots of money now but they will most likely have medical problems in the near to distant future. Players are now getting penalized and even fined for hitting the head.
The concussion crisis exactly began over a century ago. The concussions were identified among football players during the first decades of the game. This crisis subsided and allowed the issue to grow rapidly, because football supporters redesigned the public’s acceptance of the risk. They appealed to the American values that allowed violence, attentions shifted to address more highly visible injuries, which legitimized football within a more ethically dependable institution. In the meantime, changing demands in the medical profession made specialists more reluctant to take a definitive stand.
Since the start of the National Football League, head injuries resulting in long term illness and brain compilations have occurred. Millions of dollars of research have been done to ensure the sport is safe. The general public has turned a blind eye to the mental health during and after retirement from the NFL. Mistreated and pushed to the side concussions, if left untreated,
Football fans don’t want to loose their precious sport, but men are dying under age because of the long term brain injuries suffered because of the malicious sport. Its imperative that people realize how they are affected physically, mentally, and emotionally after their football career is over. Retired players suffer from many types of injuries after their career. Some of which are broken bones, paralyzed, missing fingers or toes, etc. However, the most common is dementia.