I think that the measures the NFL has taken to try and make the sport of football safer is a great advancement in the world of sports. To an athlete, an injury hurts their body as well as their pride. Many players have had a great career and retired with outstanding achievements and trophies to show their success. Some of those same players experienced the effects of their rough NFL career by having problems with their brain and developing brain diseases after their many, literal, head-on collisions. Many players don’t receive severe injuries from one hit; instead, they may experience a compounding of small, minute injuries over a period of time.
The concussion issue in the NFL is more prevalent today, because it affects not only the players, but the league as a whole. Even though the devastation of concussions is just rising to the surface, they have always been around. In 1994, the NFL started a committee called the MTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury). Dr. Elliot Pellman was appointed as chair, and he was quoted saying, “We think the issue of knees, of drugs and steroids and drinking is a far greater problem, according to the number of incidents” (Ezell). This quote shows how concussions did not hold much importance, even though it should have been the committee's main focus.
Not only are the athletes involved but the families. Because the families are going to be the ones to deal with the injuries of the victim. Con Section Recent issues with the NFL not doing enough with head injuries has become a top news issue. the NFL has had several class action lawsuits against them. From several different head injuries that you can get, the post NFL injury is a very rough thing to deal with.
Whenever a player is “laid out”, the fans are not stunned by the hit in fear of the health and safety of the player, but instead focus on the player who made the tackle and commend him as he overshadows and looms over the other player. The media is largely responsible for the violent nature of football because whenever a player is hit, the camera doesn 't focus to the player who got hit, but alternately they turn to the player as he celebrates. There is an irrefutable correlation between NFL players and head trauma. Many studies have been conducted by qualified specialists who have found football’s very nature to be detrimental to the players. Whether the gradual progression in padding has caused the player to be more reckless or the competitive nature of the game has been escalated, football has become a looming shadow of gladiator fights and dogfighting.
What a lot of people don’t know is that an ample amount of teams are lying on these reports. By skewing the truth on their player’s injuries it gives that team an advantage. Whether the coaches are putting healthy players on the list, injured players not on the list, or just lying about the severity of the injury, it is all affecting the teams and the fans. I have addressed the problems with the NFL injury report and focused my research on the integrity of the teams and their purpose for lying, how much lying is really going on, and the link between the injury report, the NFL, and gambling. Topic: The NFL injury report was initially made to make information about player’s injuries available to the public.
Some parents don’t even won’t there kids playing football because of the rates of concussions. The NCAA has implemented an eject penalty if a player commits a head to head hit, and it seems to be working. However some players can’t always control where there hits land. All of these new penalties has upset fans because they feel that the game is straying away from its rough past. Throughout this paper I will exam different sides of this argument, examining their views and come to a logical conclusion and decision if intentional hits to the head should result in an ejection.
Not just football but both of these high intensity sports are viewed as damaging to one 's body both physically and mentally. Because of this, if people consider dogfighting to be unjust, illegal, and abusive then they should believe football to have the same damaging effects. Unfortunately, there is such a high demand for football, because of all the money it brings. Because of this, scientist and doctors will ignore the realistic facts and continue to allow people to participate in this
Even when concussion symptoms seem ... ... middle of paper ... ...ensive players to tackle them (Farmer). On top of the defenses enragement by these new standards, 86.6% of fans feel quarterbacks are protected. Even more fans thought this after some quarterbacks openly admitted to purposely positioning themselves for blows to the head, just to draw a flag from the ref. So as you can see, there are many points to both sides of this argument. There are both pros and cons to the new helmet to helmet rules, targeting rule, tuck rule, and the new roughing the passer standards.
On Bill Brink’s "Tackling the Issue of 'proper' Tackling," Robert Cantu was quoted saying, “football teams should practice without helmets.” That would be the best way to teach players to avoid head-to-head collisions, avoiding life threatening injuries(Brink). The problem coaches have with that is they think there players will develop bad tackling habits. But Cantu, argues that tackling isn’t all physical it’s a lot of mental toughness and muscle memory. The head to head collisions don’t just come from tackling, it also comes from blocking, blind siding, and pancaking. On Bill Brink’s "Tackling the Issue of '... ... middle of paper ... ...eah.
Fans encourage the behavior that these players were brought to the team for, but the behavior is causing harm to other players. There is a very thin line between aggression and violence. It seems that this line gets crossed more and more as the years go on. The problem of violence in sport, specifically the NFL, is deeply rooted in injury. Head injuries, different socioeconomic factors, and disregard for rules of the game are some of the things that feed into the violence.