Concussions and Student Athletes

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In sports, the best athletes are the individuals that give each team a chance to win every game. The bad news for the best athletes is that sometimes their health gets put second to their abilities. Roughly 1.8 to 3.6 million sports related concussions happen each year (Concussion Statistics). Stronger and faster athletes as well as more impact of the hits or falls have doubled the number of concussions in a decade (Concussion Statistics). Concussions can happen to every athlete, but when it happens to the star athletes, it is different. Schools have to follow direct concussion safety laws, but professional sports have more leniencies (Get). Wins are more important in the professional leagues compared to the high school and amateur levels. Wins lead to the coveted playoffs. The playoffs can lead to an even more coveted championship. During the playoffs, the games are shown on national television, seen by millions of fans. In the games, players can shine in the national spotlight. If an athlete performs well that individual can be paid more money in the future. If the coaches win their respective divisions, conferences, make the playoffs, make the championship game, or win the championship, it all leads to a higher pay for the coach. It also leads to more money for the team and city as well. Winning means so much in the professional leagues. But is it really win at all costs? As much as I personally love sports with a passion, I would prefer each player get fully recovered and then come back, rather than rush back still not at one hundred percent. I want my favorite players to play for a long time not for short stints between each injury. The player’s health is way more important to me then the championship. Rushing players back in... ... middle of paper ... ... Bradley, and Stuart Glassman. “Concussions and Student Athletes: Medical-Legal Issues in Concussions Care & Physician and School System Risks.” New Hampshire Bar Journal. Autumn 2011: 26-35. Web. “Justified or not, Seau's death puts football under question again.” Sports Illustrated. Time Inc., 2013. Web. 16 September 2013. King, Peter. “Concussions.” Sports Illustrated 01 Nov. 2010: n.p. Web. McCloskey, John, and Julian Bailes. When Winning Costs Too Much. New York: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2005. Print “NFL players' medical records about to go online.” USA Today. Gannett, 2013. Web. 16 September 2013. Portis, Clinton. Interview with Chris Cuomo. CNN Live. CNN. Web. 9 September 2013. “Second Impact Syndrome.” sportsmd. SportsMD Media Inc., 2013. Web. 16 September 2013.

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