Violent America – assignment A “Thirty years from now I don’t think it [the NFL] will be in existence”. It comes to no one’s surprise that the contact sport American football is very violent. We have all seen the massive amount of protective gear the players wear, and in spite of this, an estimated 1,2 million football-related injuries occur every year. Many of these are of course common injuries seen in other, less violent sports, but still 5% of those 1,2 million injuries are concussions, which can affect brain function on a long term basis. However, is this major problem acknowledged in media, is there any chance in change, and what would ultimately end of the NFL?
It is a worldwide spread problem that is still affecting our civilization. According to the Ngo Salvemos al Futbol, In Córdoba, It has led to 321 deaths since 1922.One of the last ones was five months ago in cordoba. The victim was a 22-year-old man identified as Emanuel Balbo, who was beaten and thrown off the stands by Belgrano fans. Depending on the case there are two major causative agents: drugs and hooligans. My group mates are going to discuss the solutions through education, positive reinforcement, inner stadium control and law, and I will be
“We 've seen it in 90 out of 94 NFL players whose brains we 've examined, we 've found it in 45 out of 55 college players and 6 out of 26 high school players,” according to Dr. Mckee who stated this in an interview with CNN surrounding CTE and the link it has with the NFL. CTE is a huge disadvantage to players who play in the league, Vox.com stated that CTE is a “degenerative brain disease caused by repetitive hits,” (Resnick, Brian). People around the NFL are starting to notice the effects of CTE with even former NFL players and hall of famers passing and suffering from CTE. Some people could argue the fact that the players do not know about CTE and should be more informed about it, but NFL players know the consequences about CTE and the link it has with football and still play the game. If they were truly concerned about their health and the risk of CTE they would quit or protest, but they
This was the second hit which changed his life. Zack faced second impact syndrome and was sent to a hospital in Seattle on the edge of death. He was in a coma for 3 months and could not talk for 9 months. Zack still has to be in a wheelchair (Tarshis). Concussions have occurred in football for decades and players like Zack still risk their lives when they step on the field.
First off sports can cause concussions, nearly 300,000 concussions occur a year. Second nearly 25% of people who get concussions are not given medical assistance. Lastly sports injuries are the most common way of getting a concussion. (Sources Paul Hornung Sues the Helmet Maker Riddell Over Concussionshttp://mrshatzi.com/files/paul-hornung-sues.pdf Belson July 7th 2016) Another reason competitive sports are not good for you is because you can get injured not just from concussions but serious problems, you know a hockey player almost got decapitated in a hockey game cnrjnxn december 9th 2006 video file from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWatxWBnKVw. For example over 3.5 million injuries occur in sports every year which can cause less participation for the team.
Frequent or powerful hits often lead to concussions and brain damage that can affect athletes when they are older. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, C.T.E, is a brain disorder that is found in football players who took lots of hits to the head and soldiers who had experienced blast injuries. A University in Boston examined a few teenage brains who had played football, each of them had died after several days of a head injury. Two of the teenagers killed themselves. Scientists are unsure if their head injuries could have caused their suicides.
In world war two the German soldiers who got very serious injuries and mostly won’t recover, they let died. Locally, The only three states in United States that legalized euthanasia are Oregon, Washington and Montana states. In 1994, Oregon voters approved the Death with Dignity act (DWDA) by voting of 51%. Since that year physicians are capable to prescribe life-end medication for terminally ill people. According to Life issues Institute the DWDA records show that 455 people have requested lethal drugs from their physician and 292 people have died from using them.
Steroids are considered such a dangerous drug that these penalties are huge and states Even have their own laws added on to federal laws for the use of anabolic steroids. In the MLB A player's first positive test for steroids results in an automatic 50-game suspension without pay. A second positive test results in a 100-game suspension without pay. A third positive test results in a lifetime ban from the sport all together.in the NFL 12,000 tests are conducted during the season, including 10 randomly selected players from each team in every week of the season for the use of anabolic steroids. Also in the NFL a player's first positive test results in a 4-game unpaid suspension (players lose both their salary and a portion of their signing bonus).
Texting while driving has been more problematic in the past 10 years because of the rise in cell phone use. In 2013, the Department of Transportation collected information which proves the jump in use has lead to an estimated 3,154 deaths and 424,000 injuries because of drivers distracted by mobile devices (Facts & Statistics About Texting & Driving 2017). Statistics from the National Safety Council say texting while driving has caused about 25% of all car accidents worldwide. Also, their studies show that answering a text can distract a driver for about five seconds; if the driver was traveling at 55 mph, they would travel 160 feet, the length of a football field. The amount of danger the distracted driver is causing for everyone on the road should not be allowed.
In conflicts throughout the world “two million [child soldiers] have been killed, over one million orphaned, over six million have been left seriously injured or permanently disabled and over 10 million have been diagnosed with psychological trauma” over just the past ten years (Invisible Children). Not everyone will be familiar with the issue of the use of child soldiers in wars across the world. Universally, child soldiers are generally frowned upon for use in combat for being inhumane and barbarous. Especially in third world countries, child soldiers are used for conflicts extensively. They are known for committing some of the most brutal acts in wartime in countries like Sierra Leone, Sudan, Afghanistan, etc.