The NFL needs to follow the same concussion protocol as the lower levels of the sport. THe sport could be much safer and it should be much safer. Players deserve more protection and it should be much easier to play the sport without having any
Concussions have been plagued NFL players during their careers and are now starting to affect them, even after they are done playing. The lasting effects of a concussion range from cognitive, to physical, as well as emotional symptoms. As a cause of these many concussions popping up in the league, many rules have changed and are making some aspects of the game illegal in terms of hitting. Even lining up in a certain position is not allowed, this is simply for the safety of the players. Getting a physical therapist on staff at all times to help athletes is required in the NFL.
Also, parents are getting more concerned about their children getting to sucked in with the taunts and showboating. It is a problem that will never go away. The NFL is now stating that if you make a big play to spin the ball on the ground in celebration can result in a 15-yard penalty. Cam newton also almost got a fine because of his rude and disrespectful behavior.
The main regulatory trends the Bills and the rest of the NFL focus on our health and safety regulations. The first trend impacting the Bills is concussion safety. Head injuries have become a popular topic of conversation and therefore the league wants to showcase that they are attempting to combat these types of injuries. The NFL has put into place a “Concussion Protocol Checklist”. These checklist is a list of medical tests doctors will perform on a player after he is deemed to potentially have a concussion.
Generally people think that the NFL should adjust the game, and its rules to increase player safety, statistics clearly show that too much adjusting has been done and the NFL is suffering because of it. Too many rules have been changed for player safety and the current changes being discussed, like getting rid of the kickoff, are going to far and the game is not like it was. Players sign contracts and are aware of the risks they put themselves at when playing the game of football at a professional level. Referees are throwing more flags and the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, is handing out a record high of fines. These adjustments by the National Football League are going too far and some rule changes need to be reverted back to their previous rules.
In the past few years, the number of concussions per year has only spiked. The NFL calls it a “cultural change” in that the staff are more willing to report head injuries instead of neglecting them. However, to many like Christopher Nowinski- one of the founders of the Concussion Legacy foundation- this increase just shows that the NFL does not care to prevent head injuries, only treat them when they are developed. The number of concussions between the 2013 and 2014 season actually increased by 58
The advancement of technology has allowed the NFL to evaluate and improve officiating and protect players. The NFL has a command center where they can monitor games to evaluate officials so the correct calls are made. Within the command center, there’s an instant replay system and wireless communications that are enabled for coaches, players, and officials to utilize during the game. Furthermore, content can be retrieved instantaneously on tablets during the game for coaches to dissect their opponent’s tendencies by trying to beat their competition. For example, coaches didn’t have immediate access to analyze plays when the content had to be printed out in black and white paper which is time consuming during a live game.
This unprofessional and dangerous form of bringing down someone is highly likely to create a helmet to helmet to collision, resulting in concussions. Programs such as “Heads Up Football” were created with the idealistic purpose to show the players how to properly tackle. The NFL commissioner is behind this program due to the fact that he believes, by affecting the learning process in the football, little leagues, this will impact the future of the NFL. Strictly because the foundation of football is now being taught on how accurately and precisely perform a tackle. With the abundance of head injuries that players are unfortunately suffering with, the NFL is trying to change the game so that it can be a safer zone for the players.
The NFL has changed a lot since it first started in 1920. There were twenty-eight teams in the NFL then. Players were smaller physically. During games players were interchangeable and played every play. That caused teams to have more two-way players.
Solving this problem involves not only educating the public, but also eliminating head-first tackles and providing better equipment. Undoubtedly, football is a difficult, treacherous sport but currently no measures are being taken to improve players’ safety. Small things could make a big difference in the NFL. People are getting hurt before our very eyes, and we don’t do a thing about it, we should be appalled our lack of action and let it motivate us to make improvements and needed
The NFL should research more on CTE and discover ways to prevent it. One way could be providing safety gear that could protect the players from concussions, which is a major cause of CTE. The NFL should also accept that there is a connection between playing football and getting CTE. Our brains are not genetically engineered to sustain an impact on our cranium, so players who suffer a concussion in a game should not be let back into the game until proper treatment is provided. Until this happens we cannot trust the NFL on anything
I don't really understand football, mainly the rules though. More to the point, There's always a way to make something safer, without taking away the appeal of it. And, I know there's not supposed to be any "I" statements, but personally, that's all I want, really. Just to make things safer so that those who do enjoy it, can do so without much, if not any, risk. Anyway, there's ways to implement changes without drastically affecting gameplay.
American football has many different aspects that helped change America today. Football has earned millions of fans to the game every year. The sport has changed and helped various people strive through life. At the same time, football has caused many downsides that have changed people’s lives forever. Through the beginning to now, football has been filled with many impacts and injuries that have changed the game.
“Football is the most popular sport in America for at least 30 straight years,” (Rovell, 2014.) Football is not only important to this University, but it is also extremely important to this nation as a whole. My perspective of the question, “Should football be banned?” is this, the sport of football is one of those things that everyone looks forward to at the end of the week. I have lived my whole life on the game, Saturday afternoons weren’t for going to the mall, they were for watching the Longhorns do what the know.