Concussions And Concussions In Football

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Thai Scott Thesis Paper English 4 3-3-14 Concussions in Football In today’s society sports are a huge part of our culture. People of all ages watch and play all different kinds of sports. It is the American way for people to take an interest in sports and activities. They are becoming more and more popular as the years go on. One sport that is extremely popular in this country is football. Millions of people watch football of different levels including professional, college, and high school. Also many younger kids such as 7 or 8 years old are playing pop warner. This is great but considering a recent problem with this sport is the rise of concussions. The amount of concussions due to playing football is constantly on the incline and is forcing people to question the safety of the game. Many people hear the term “concussion” but most likely don’t know what it actually is so what are concussions? A concussion is basically bruising of the brain, for example if you experience a head to head collision your brain can bounce off the inside of your skull causing this bruising. But it isn’t just bruising that occurs it’s also torn tissue and broken blood vessels on the brain from these collisions. If you are someone who doesn’t know much about concussions this can show you how painful, scary, and dangerous they must be. In a game such as football players are hitting another player head to head well over 40 times a game. How do kids as young as 7 years old all the way up to grown men in their 30’s deal with this? It is one of the biggest problems occurring with this sport and it needs a solution. When a concussion occurs it goes through a specific process for everything. First the collision occurs on the head with great force. Next a s... ... middle of paper ... should introduce this and not only teach it but stress how important it is to the safety of these athletes. The brain is one of the most important parts of the human body and kids and teenagers need to be aware of this in order to stay healthy. In conclusion I feel that the right steps are being taken by the people who are in charge to make sure every year the safety and knowledge of concussions are growing, and spreading through more and more teams. It is a serious problem that is not being taken lightly which is very reassuring to someone who played the game since first grade and has experienced several concussions. I hope one day that when I have kids if they want to take part in football I can put them on the field with the proper equipment and coaching and not have to worry about their safety as much as I would have to if this problem is never taken care of.

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