Sports Concussions And Sports

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Concussions and Sports Concussions are a major concern in sports. Every year thousands of athletes receive sports-related concussions. Concussions are among the most common and potentially most dangerous injuries athletes experience (Brooks and Hunt, 2006). Lately, concussions have been receiving a large amount of attention. Due to this increase in awareness many protocols to prevent and treat concussions in sport have been established. However, more needs to be done to protect our players. While no sport is immune to concussions, athletes who play full-contact sports such as football and boxing may be more prone to experiencing these types of injuries. The word “concussion” derives from the Latin concussus, which means to shake violently.…show more content…
With multiple reports of sports related deaths resulting from head trauma as well as several law suits, actions are being taken to promote better health precautions after a concussion is diagnosed. Many sports are requiring athletes to be examined when concussion symptoms are shown and are sitting the athlete out a number of games until they pass a concussion physical. As of 2012, the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada (football, basketball, baseball and hockey) all have concussion policies. Sports-related concussions are generally analyzed by athletic training or medical staff on the sidelines using an evaluation tool for cognitive function known as the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT), a symptom severity checklist, and a balance test. By doing these tests, it allows many professional leagues to minimize lawsuits from former players suffering from CTE. However, many unions for professional athletes are unhappy with the protocol giving by the sports leagues due to test giving to the players in-game they consider to be flawed. This has caused an uproar from league’s player’s unions and…show more content…
In May of 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives issued a 91-page report that exposed the NFL for trying to influence a government study. The report describes how the NFL pressured the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to strip a $16 million project from a prominent Boston University researcher and to redirect the money to members of the league 's committee on brain injuries. The project was to have been funded out of a $30 million "unrestricted gift" the NFL gave the NIH in 2012 (Branch 2016). With this report coming out, many believe it demonstrates how little the NFL cares about its players. The NFL has declined the reports of the

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