Concussions In Sports

opinionated Essay
1831 words
1831 words

The National Football League, since establishing it’s name in 1920, has become known for much more than just the sport. In more recent years, the news has reported on scandals involving the NFL and it’s players concerning domestic abuse, cheating scandals and most vividly the issue of concussion related deaths. From the beginning of its time, it has been no secret that football is considered a high-impact sport that comes with cause for injury, such as concussions. What was a secret was the link between concussions and brain disease. Drysdale (2013) noted a concussion occurs when “When the head is in motion and is stopped suddenly, “the skull stops, but the brain, swimming in spinal fluid, continues forward, sometimes striking the rough inner …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that football is a high-impact sport that comes with cause for injury, such as concussions, and the link between degenerative brain disease and football, specifically chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
  • Describes how chris nowinski, a former harvard football player and wwe wrestler, was forced to retire due to repeated concussions.
  • Explains that the nfl's mild traumatic brain injury committee sent letters to medical journals explaining that there was zero validity within dr. omalu’s research. the ploy to enable zero source credibility was genius.
  • Explains that the eagles medical staff felt pressure to clear the players to return to action.
  • Explains that the heart is beating and the lungs are expiring—for now. it doesn't speak to the person's heart.
  • Opines that the term prognosis of the injured player gives a false sense of uncertainty.
  • Analyzes the nfl's efforts to recover from the concussion crisis. the "88 plan" was proposed to provide financial support to retired players who developed early on-set dementia.
  • Explains that nowinski co-founded the center for the study of chronic encephalopathy to dedicate research soley to cte and the development of a brain bank.
  • Analyzes how the nfl released'research' that claimed to be more valid than dr. omalu's. schwarz reported that retired nfl players suffered from dementia at higher rates than the general population.
  • Explains how the nfl's commissioner, roger goodell, retracted their previous stance regarding the link between concussions and long-term brain damage. the nfl also made a donation to the center for the study of chronic encephalopathy.
  • Opines that the nfl's handling of negative press has been similar to that of this case: negating claims, taking action, crisis management, and aversion.
  • Opines that even though nobody believes for one second, football in america could be a great sport.
  • Describes the dangers parents face in 10 years when their children are in jeopardy.
  • Describes what happens in 20 or 25 years when the research on brain injuries at the youth is conducted.
  • Opines that wilbon makes an excellent point considering that as the years pass and activists like nowinski continue to raise awareness or support further findings, attention will be paid to the scientific research.

Not to mention that earlier in 2007, the “88 Plan” was proposed to provide financial support to retired players who developed early on-set dementia, offering them up to $88,000 a year in medical care (Schwarz 2010). The NFL rejected this proposal, making it even more mandatory for crisis management, as the league is already seen as a huge money well and not offering to lend support to fallen players was not seen well in the public nor media’s eyes. For the time being, it appeared the concussion crisis had settled and been adverted. Little did the NFL know, the battle may have been won, but the war was not nearly over, especially for …show more content…

Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia stated, “Walking off the pain in an NFL game turns into walking it off in a Little League game - the trickle-down effects on high school and college players are very real and can be fatal.” In September 2009, with the focus being on youth, the NFL was finally prompted to release the so-called “research” they claimed to be more valid than Dr. Omalu’s. Schwarz (2010) reported that it the NFL discovered that “retired NFL players suffered from dementia at higher rates that the general population. For younger retirees, ages 30–49, the rate was 19 times that of the general population.” A chair of the NFL’s MTBI further implemented crisis management and attempted to make the findings appear as further evidence proving that longer termed research needed to be conducted to see whether or not this “theory” would play out. At the beginning of the 2009 football season, media attention of this pressing issue was at an all time high. Schwarz had published 18 articles on the subject, just during the month of October alone! The New Yorker, GQ and 60 Minutes, also all ran stores concerning the matter. Even the United States Congress House Judiciary committee took interest and threatened to evoke the NFL’s antitrust

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