The Effects of Football Concussions on Medical Sciences

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In 2009, the number of football related head injuries was 46, 948 (“Sports-Related Head”). In recent times, people have become conscious of the dangers of injuries resulting from football. There has been much debate and attention regarding the safety of football specifically in the National Football League (NFL). The issue is mostly dealing with concussions and head injuries suffered by players. The concussion issue in the NFL has driven the research in medical sciences through drug testing and prescription as well as through medical technology.
The number of concussions in the NFL has always been dangerously high; however, it seems that society has been more aware of this fact in the past couple of years. The statistics from the 2011 season on the number of injuries seems to have decreased in the 2012 season, but, the reported number of major injuries (those causing 8 or more days to be missed) actually increased from the 2011 season by a little less than 1, 500 (Kacsmar). The statistics are inaccurate due to the inconsistency of injury and concussions reports, although in the past it was clear that no progress was being made to decrease the number of concussions. Right now, there is major push from society to gain knowledge about concussions. For example, Elizabeth Tracy on behalf of Johns Hopkins Health System reported,
“Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, explains, ‘I think we are leaders in this area because it affects our athletes, but it’s also a much broader issue beyond sports. If we can find out more about these injuries, the causes, the treatment, and what can effectively return people back to their normal lifestyle, that’s going to be good for everybody. That’s what we’re hoping to be able t...

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