The price tag for NFL is a couple hundred million dollars(Zimmerman). Over 40% of NFL that is not playing anymore have characteristics of having a severe injury to the brain. The NFL found that it was 271 concussions in 2015 (Burdick). Eighteen people have died while playing football in 1905 but there was a gathering that made changes to guaranteed players safety. This is why people need to have the proper gear.
Overall concussion is something that you can not go around. flag vs tackling .”While the NFL has been battling high-profile lawsuits and headlines connecting football and concussions, youth leagues in the Tampa Bay area and across the country are left with their trickle-down effects”. ( baker) Flag football has grown over the past years. In many players eyes tackling need to be ban for the safety of our kids I the little league . The danger of concussions are very high in football, but helmet safety has reduces the risks of concussion.
I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have think long and hard before I let him play football,” says President Obama (Fox News). The debate of whether or not football should be banned started with this speech given by President Obama. Recently, studies have shown that a large number of hits may cause more brain damage than a handful of concussions. Although people think banning football will decrease the amount of teen deaths and concussions; football should not be banned because it is just as dangerous as any other high school sports, many people would lose their job if it was banned, and football and sports help keep kids off the street. Football should not be banned because it is just as dangerous as any other
America is obsessed with sports and competition, and one sport that signifies America is football. Today many professional football players across the country suffer from a common injury which is a concussion. This injury can threaten an athletics career and most of all permanently injure the brain. Former retired NFL players now deal with short term memory loss, and depression because of this brain injury. The increased amount of concussions in athletics today calls for more education on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of traumatic brain injury.
During the recent interview conducted by the New York Times, NFL members have denied having any relationship between the NFL and CTE. However, there is evidence pointing against them. I will try to prove that the NFL and CTE are directly related. This will be accomplish by using information from Dr. Bennet Omalu’s research to prove that high impact sports like football are the major cause of CTE. I will provide information about the life of a retired NFL player who suffered from CTE, Mike Webster.
Finally, critics on the handling of the issue may claim that concussions are still very much a threat in the NFL. This is true, however the number of incidents is on track this year to be even lower than last years. Concussions cannot be abolished entirely, they are present in every athletic activity, from Hockey to Gymnastics. Because of the effort, and the fact that it is showing results, the NFL should be credited for lowering the amount of concussions, an injury which is basically an occupational hazard of all athletes (excluding perhaps
Body Paragraphs North Carolina has tried to combat this problem by implementing the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act. Tim Stevens, a writer for the McClatchy - Tribune Business News, writes that this act is named for “Matt Gfeller of Winston-Salem Reynolds High and Jaquan Waller of Greenville Rose High, who each died from brain injuries sustained while playing high school football.” (Stevens 2011). To prevent sports-related concussions from happening again, North Carolina passed this act to raise awareness deaths caused by concussions being treating improperly. Research by Tim Stevens, a writer for The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC, shows that the act takes “current North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) requirements for handling concussions, adds an educational component and creates a state statute” (Stevens 2014). By providing knowledge about concussions to both student-athletes and parents, this act hopes to reduce the amount of reported concussions that occur while playing sports.
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.
The brain itself is very very important to the human body because it controls each organ and organ system. In football, however, tackling someone could cause countless of head injuries and concussions. Several of these injuries could even turn to deaths. Researchers found that a “former NFL players who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 performed an average of 20% worse on series of cognitive tests than those who started playing tackle football after they celebrated their 12 birthdays…”. Other research has
According to the article “Offensive Play” by Malcolm Gladwell, who is a famous journalist and author, he explains that “if you drove your car into a wall at twenty-five miles per hour and you weren’t wearing your seat belt, the force of your head hitting the windshield would be around 100 gs” (Gladwell). There are lots of hits that players may gain, which would affect players’ brain directly, not only the big hits, but also a lot of little hits (Gladwell). Therefore, NFL has its responsibility to decrease the risk of getting a concussion such as setting new rules and improving the safety of
Omalu’s CTE findings and the resistance that he received from the NFL when trying to bring his results public. His results showcased that numerous former NFL player’s brains had CTE. Nonetheless, the NFL still tried to deny the correlation between head injuries and football. A majority of people have either watched football, played it, or knows someone who has. With this notion of football’s popularity, the idea of safety needs to be in his or her thought process nearly at the same level with how fun or exciting the game is.
Chris Bachelder, the author of “Rewatching the Theismann Injury”, published on November 18, 2015 by the New York Times, did a good job of further informing football watchers of the events that occurred when Washington Redskin quarterback, Joe Theismann suffered a career ending injury. Bachelder explained how most people say they know of or have even seen the injury to Theismann, but people may not remember everything that happened when his career was ended. The way Bachelder explained what happened was he did a memory test on himself to see what he remembered about the play and testing it with what really happened, which informs the reader on what transpired back in 1985. For example, Bachelder recalled that he was young at this time and his