Football is the most American of all of the sports we play. We have good memories of playing catch and watching games with our friends, however, there is a darker side to this all-American sport, the damage done to the brains of the players. While the NFL has attempted to make great strides in preventing further damage to players on the field suffering from concussions, the rates of concussions continue to rise. In 2014, 206 concussions were diagnosed, while in 2015, that number rose to 271 concussions. If these new regulations truly had an effect upon the safety of the players, we would instead see little growth, if not a decline, of diagnosed concussions. However, concussions caused by the game are not the true problem, that can have a …show more content…
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 …show more content…
However, there is much that the NFL can do to fix this. The NFL should continue to donate more to the research and possible treatment for those with CTE. Putting more into this will help to protect the players which we love most from anguish and pain in their retirement. As mentioned before, doctors have been given more power in preventing extended injury for the players. However, these doctors are funded by the individual teams instead of the league. This creates a conflict of interest for the doctor who both wants their team to win but also keep all of their players healthy. Instead, the league should put funds aside for unbiased doctors who work for neither side and work only for the safety of the player. Finally, players should be required to put a percentage of their earnings into a fund for the future health needs which they may face further in their life. In conclusion, football is a great game, which many people have fond memories for, however, there is still a great danger in CTE, players most likely will face further in life. What the NFL has done to try and combat this is a start, however, we still need to build upon that and make sure that all players, from children to professionals, are kept as safe as possible from the mental degradation that decisions of lax football policy can
In the magazine article “Football Under Fire” the author introduces problems that football players face, such as concussions. Lately, Accidents on the field have been under observation which includes concussions (the action of the brain being shaken in the skull); brain traumas are being observed as well. These head accidents have been found to cause damage to the nerve cells in the brain; the damage may then lead to a “serious brain disorder called chronic traumatic encephalopathy also known as CTE.” In the “2015 season” alone, at least “5 players were killed due to injuries during games.” In that case, some injuries are still not able to be prevented even with padding and helmets, such as being paralyzed due to hard hits or other injuries.
There is more focus on the potential health consequences, especially the neurological consequences that come with playing football than there ever has been. There are about twenty thousand former National Football League players alive today and thousands more still playing. It is imperative to further our
The NFL is trying to prevent concussions because multiple concussions can really damage a player’s brain, which in the long run can give players some serious emotional and physical issues. Too many hits to the head can cause brain disease, as we have seen in some former NFL players, like Dave Duerson. I believe that the NFL needs to find better
“Do you like to watch Football? Then Watch what really happens” is written by Markus Koch. Who is a Holistic Health Practitioner and also former football player for the Red Skins and played in the super bowl in “1988”. Koch wrote this article to inform others of CTE, which stands for Chronic encephalopathy and is a brain injury that can only be detected after death of a player. Within in the article he continuously talks about how players suffer and that the NFL turns it cheek the other way, ignoring the side effects it causes for players.
NFL vs. Players: Analysis and Intervention The National Football League is currently in a long-standing conflict with a group of its players and former players who demand compensation for the brain damage incurred during their professional careers with the NFL as a result of multiple concussions. The players’ group has taken these grievances to court, accusing the NFL of wrongful death and negligence for allegedly concealing the long-term effects of multiple concussions sustained during play, despite voluntarily investigating these possible effects. (Kenney 2012) This player’s group claims that players were not actively warned of the dangers of cumulative mild traumatic brain injury or MTBI until 2010.
Updated: July 26, 2012 at 08:55 p.m. The National Football League has outlined for NFL players, coaches, and staff members the recent steps that have been taken to address the management of concussions in the NFL. "We want to make sure all NFL players, coaches and staff members are fully informed and take advantage of the most up-to-date information and resources as
When your child begins to play a sport there is always a risk for injury especially if they fall in love with football their chances of getting a head related injury are very high. From the years 2001 to 2009 there has been an incredible amount of head related sport injuries that go through the emergency room and most are diagnosed with a concussion. The majority of these concussions are caused from football, it does not matter what level of it bein played it happens all the way from the NFL level all the way down to pop warner. Concussions are not only from football they are from all contact sports. Concussions are becoming more and more common in today 's world, they are very dangerous and may cause serious damage, we need better equipment,
The NFL has stated that they believe the issues having to do with the knees, drugs, and steroids are greater problems in football, according to the number of incidents, than concussions. In several attempts to talk to the NFL about the effects of CTE found in football players, the discussion has been dismissed. In 2013, the NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle the lawsuit with retired players. As part of this settlement, the league did not admit any wrongdoing. There was no admission that anything was caused by football.
The NFL has modified the game by protecting the players by eliminating helmet to helmet blocking and by updating the players helmets with more cushion for the safety of their brains. After Steve Gleason and O.J Brigance spread awareness of the ALS , the NFL attempted to raise money for research towards this matter. Steve Gleason has also partnered with Microsoft to help support ALS patients with new equipment for communication. Due to the spread of awareness, this is forcing sports to make modifications and care for the athletes who were diagnosed with these diseases. Professional soccer although and other sports have not yet attempted to create change.
In the NFL, players have been diagnosed with many head injuries such as brain trauma, concussions, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The key figures and organizations surrounding this issue would be NFL management, teams, doctors, game referee, helmet companies (such as Riddell), and very recently, Chris Borland’s early retirement and the resulting publicity. Supporters
Another large case of football and CTE was San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau. He would also end up the same way as Mike Webster. The link to football and CTE is undeniable because an overwhelming majority of people who suffer from CTE played years of
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
An article in “The Week” magazine states that in a recent study about 95% of NFL players that have died due to illness were in fact victims of the football related degenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) (“Should Kids Play Football?” 3). CTE is a found in people who receive repetitive blows to the head, and results in memory loss, social instability, erratic behavior, and unfortunately death. CTE is the most commonly found in retired football players more than any other sport. Not to mention, CTE can affect people of all ages, so it is important to be mindful of the acts you let your child participate in. Including CTE many other diseases have been found to stem from playing football.
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.