Concussions in the NFL

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Many memories are made in football, but sadly some of the greatest players cannot recall them. The National Football League has been associated with concussions and brain traumas throughout the years, but lately it has been exposed by media and NFL veterans. The league recently “reached a $765 million preliminary settlement with thousands of former players who were suing the league over its treatment of concussions…” (Waldron). Many former players are experiencing the effects of taking hard hits over and over again; they were not properly treated, which makes the injury worse and long term. 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. This is ironic, because in today’s sport world concussions are a highly talked about topic. They hold such significance that some rules are even being changed to lower the risk for players. One of the earliest players to bring awareness to brain traumas was Mike Webster, a former Pittsburgh Steeler. In April of 1999, he claimed to be disabled with the NFL Retirement Board. He also had dementia which was a result of the brutal hits he endured during his football career. Webster ran into many problems at the e... ... middle of paper ... ...eb. 06 Nov. 2013. "Heads Up Concussions in Football." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. McClement , John . "Should Sport Officials Enforce Concussion Rules?."SIRS. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2013. McGrath, Ben. "Does Football Have a Future?" SIRS. The Conde Nast Publications, Inc., 30 Jan. 2011. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. Mihoces, Gary. "Redirect Notice." Redirect Notice. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. Pennington, Bill. "A New Way to Care for Young Brains." SIRS. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. Smith, Stephanie. "What Will Happen to Former NFL Player's Brain?" CNN. Cable News Network, 26 Feb. 2011. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. Waldron, Travis. "What Does The NFL’s Concussion Settlement Mean For The Future Of Football?" ThinkProgress RSS. ThinkProgress, n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2013.

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