The story gives examples and studies of NFL (National Football League) players, and how their lives react to brain injuries and concussions. “Despite all the money invested in the sport… Publicity about the long-term symptoms suffered by brain-injured football players has lowered participation in the sport…” (Burleigh 612) Football, no matter what you do to it, will forever be dangerous and the hotspot of concussions and problems of the brain. The added padding or penalties cannot stop a such a thing as a concussion, the only way to get rid of them is to get rid of the sport all together. There has been millions of dollars put in for researching to limit severe head trauma, which has seemed to lower the casualty rate of NFL players, but still there is cases of concussion-related
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...
He is in this predicament due to his mother’s lack of parenting and stability for his life. Michael is surrounded by substances, gangs, and fights from his home town, Hurt Village. It wasn’t until a family saw him on the street took him in and later adopted him, that the stability of having a family not only erased the behavioral influences around him, but exponentially more success than he could have otherwise (The Blind
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
For instance, a concussion occurs when an outside force causes the brain to move violently back and forth and hit the wall of the skull. Concussions result in loss of consciousness, confusion, headaches, nausea or vomiting, and blurred vision. The damaged caused by concussions is permanent, and there is no cure for it. Usually, the only remedy prescribed by doctors is at least two weeks of rest before resuming sports and similar activities. A concussion usually occurs when players collide violently into each other at high speeds. In his article“The Helmet Wars,” Tom Foster points out that “Professional football players receive as many as 1,500 hits to the head in a single season, depending on their position. That’s 15,000 in a 10-year playing career,
An unnoticed fatal injury that countless athletes have experienced is a concussion. Many people have heard about concussions, but not about the underlying damage they cause the brain. A concussion is a minor traumatic brain injury that may occur when the head hits an object, or a moving object strikes the head. It can affect how the brain works for a whi...
One of the most common football injuries are concussions. A concussion is a change in mental state due to traumatic impact (Levine). Football players are very susceptible to concussions. The percentage of injuries to a football player, concussions happen 7.4% of the time (Kvcera). Concussions usually occur when other players “lead with their head” and do not use proper or safe form to make a tackle. Usually head to head contact between players leads to concussions in the athletes. Concussions can be as minor as only being out for a couple days, to being so bad that blurred vision and violent vomiting could occur. Sometimes, players could be out of the game for several weeks after suffering a concussion.
Michael’s life began in Brooklyn, New York, on February 17th, 1963, where his parents James and Delores always stood by his side. His father, known for his unending support, always gave Michael advice on what to do, never letting him down. His mother made sure Michael headed in the right direction with everything he did. As a child he enjoyed athletics, engaging in basketball, baseball and football. He practiced baseball with his dad, persistently playing catch whenever time allowed. Baseball was his favorite. Even at a young age he had already tasted success by being voted Most Valuable Player on his team. “That was the first big accomplishment in my life,” Michael recalled (Harris, Laurie).
A concussion is an injury suffered in the brain of an individual that can affect and alter a person’s ability to perform not only mentally, but physically as well. The New York Daily News reported on one of the best cases of how seriously the NFL is taking the issue on concussions, the recent lawsuit that they reached a “$765 million settlement reached between the two sides, 18,000 concussion suffers and the NFL” which states causes for untold information the NFL refused to report to players about the potential dangers concussions had for their long-term health, though this was later shot down by a federal judge claiming that it was insufficient sum. An NFL player may succumb from thousands of hits to the head playing football all which have the potential to be concussion inducing. The deteriorating state of some of their minds have led to some former NFL players committing suicide from the tragic concussions they suffered as a result of playing professional football.
One hit. One elbow. One brain. A part of me died on the field that day. September 6th, 2014 the dream I had since I was four years old was over. One elbow to my face changed my life forever in the matter of one second. Being diagnosed with my fourth concussion was a death sentence for my college soccer career. Today, in the United States alone, almost three hundred thousand athletes and over one million people suffer from concussions each year (CDC). This injury is extremely serious and can permanently end a player’s career. Concussions can result in long-term brain damage and may even prove fatal.