Concussions in Football

analytical Essay
1399 words
1399 words

Not many sports are as physically demanding on the human body as football. The physical toll that football players pay is almost impossible to comprehend unless one has actually played the sport for a significant amount of time. However, until recently any connection between the hits taken by football players and their health down the road was largely ignored. A common, yet difficult injury to detect in football is a concussion, the most common traumatic brain injury (Pearce). A concussion is defined as “a brain injury that is caused by a sudden blow to the head or the body. The blow shakes the brain inside the skull, which temporarily prevents the brain from working normally” (Heiner pa.5). Reports and studies have surfaced shedding light on just how much damage is inflicted upon the brain due to crippling hits. These studies suggest that NFL athletes who received concussions suffered lasting damage to the brain, which opens the gate to a multitude of other health issues such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and clinical depression (Pearce). This is an aspect of the game that not many are aware of and it is a serous issue that needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later. There have been too many heartbreaking stories such as that of Justin Strzelcyk who heard voices and died in a crash while fleeing police or that of Andre Waters who shot himself in the head after struggles with depression (Zarda pa.1). Many current and former players are suffering in silence; this shouldn’t be the case. The National Football League needs to extend a hand to former players debilitated by head injuries. The problem of concussions and other head injuries in the NFL is one that needs to be tackled head on. To begin with, the key to solving t... ... middle of paper ... ... 2010. . Web. Swift, E.M. "One Big Headache." Sports Illustrated 12 Feb. 2007: 22. 19 Feb 2010. . Web. Zarda, Brett. "Butting Heads." Popular Science Sept. 2007: 35. Academic OneFile. Web. 11 Mar. 2010. Web.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that concussions and other head injuries in the nfl need to be tackled head on.
  • Opines that the key to solving the problem of concussions in the national football league is awareness.
  • Argues that the nfl has been stubborn when it comes to acknowledging any correlation between concussions suffered during pro careers and health problems down the line.
  • Opines that the nfl needs to do more research on the link between concussions suffered by football players and multiple health issues.
  • Opines that concussions and head injuries in the national football league are a serious and little known problem that needs more attention.
  • Analyzes gregory, sean, "the problem with football." time. 175.5 8 feb. 2010: 36. general reference center. gale.
  • Analyzes the case of jani v. bert bell/pete rozelle nfl player ret, plan and a legal analysis of the nfl's 2007 concussion management guidelines.
  • Explains pearce, j.m.s., "observations on concussion." european neurology 59.3-4 (2008): 113-19.
  • Analyzes swift's "one big headache." sports illustrated 12 feb. 2007: 22. 19 feb 2010.
  • Explains zarda, brett, "butting heads." popular science sept. 2007: 35. academic onefile.
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