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Concussions in Football

analytical Essay
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Even though football players are aware of the dangers the game can bring upon them, they take part despite it. The passion, the joy it creates; for professionals it’s also the devoted fans and compensation they receive is what keeps the players motivated. Today players are much bigger, faster, smarter, bigger, better. The game is more physical. The sport has never been so competitive. The popularity has reached new peaks, as much that the NFL has thoughts of moving a team to London, England. Additionally, Super Bowl XLVII (47) was one of the most watched television events of all time; an astonishing 108.4 million viewers (The Associated Press). Fans worship their teams and love to see big hits. Football is a contact sport; injuries are no doubtingly part of it. Concussions are one of the many detriments caused by the ruthlessness, but one of the few with perpetual effects: consequence of the brutality. What is a concussion? A concussion is a hard blow or collision; bodily injury (as to the brain) resulting from a sudden jar (Webster pg. 103). This is an injury that mot only occurs in football, but in other sports as well. The only difference is that in football players are constantly hitting, blocking, and tackling one another with enormous amounts of force. Therefore it is more likely to occur than in other sports like golf, tennis, or soccer to name a few. Right after the collision that caused the concussion players reminisce coming out feeling either dizzy, having fuzzy vision, balance problems, having painful headaches, not having the ability to concentrate nor remember new information. Pittsburg Penguin Sidney Crosby came back to playing hockey eleven months after from suffering his concussion. Denver Bronco, Wes Welker cam... ... middle of paper ... ...layoffs/2012/story/_/id/8913211/ - More Living Football Players Show Signs Of CTE By Travis Waldron http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2013/11/07/2906241/living-football-players-signs-cte/ - Timeline: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis By Lauren Ezell http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sports/league-of-denial/timeline-the-nfls-concussion-crisis/ - Mike Webster autopsy 'one of the most significant moments in the history of sports' By Tyler Drenon http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/10/8/4814434/concussion-suit-mike-webster-thing - Concussion Watch/Frontline http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/concussion-watch/ - Dorsett, others shows signs of CTE/Outside the Lines By William Weinbaum and Steve Delsohn http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/9931754/former-nfl-stars-tony-dorsett-leonard-marshall-joe-delameilleure-show-indicators-cte-resulting-football-concussions

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that cte is a brain disease found in individuals with annals of head trauma. it can cause memory loss, dementia, depression, suicidal thoughts, cognitive and emotional difficulties.
  • Analyzes how the nfl and 4500 former players accused the league of concealing information about concussions from them and settled for a whopping 765 million dollar agreement.
  • Opines that mike webster's autopsy was one of the most significant moments in the history of sports.
  • Analyzes how dorsett, others shows signs of cte/outside the lines by william weinbaum and steve delsohn.
  • Explains that football players are aware of the dangers the game can bring upon them, but they take part despite it. a concussion is a hard blow or collision; it is more likely to occur than in other sports.
  • Explains that mike webster played in the nfl for 17 years and claimed that football gave him dementia, memory loss, anger, and depression.
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