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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. CONCUSSIONS IN THE NFL 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... ... middle of paper ... ...ctims." New Republic. THE NEW REPUBLIC, 17 Nov. 2013. Web. 11 Mar. 2014. . "Sports-Related Head Injury." American Association of Neurological Surgeons. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Dec. 2011. Web. 11 Mar. 2014. . "Tales From Anfield." Tales From Anfield. N.p., 1 Nov. 2013. Web. 16 Mar. 2014. . Wilson, Ryan. "Goodell: NFL Would Consider Medical Marijuana If It Helps Concussions.“ CBSSports.com. CBS Broadcasting Inc, 23 Jan. 2014. Web. 11 Mar. 2014. .

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that people have become aware of the dangers of injuries resulting from football. the concussion issue in the nfl has driven the research in medical sciences through drug testing and prescription.
  • Explains that the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids) was widespread in the nfl. however, some players misused or overdosed the drug.
  • Explains how dr. sponaugle's methods have the potential to diagnose more injuries related and unrelated to football.
  • Describes the johns hopkins hospital and john hopkins health system, n.d.
  • Explains that the nfl is pushing the research of concussions, and society has largely affected the drive of medical research.
  • Explains that although marijuana is illegal in all but 2 states, there is medical research being done to find any potential benefits for treating concussions.
  • Explains that improved medical diagnoses, stiffer penalties for striking with a helmet, and fewer practices have helped reduce the number of concussions in the nfl.
  • Analyzes belson, ken, "concussions show decline of 13 percent, n.f.l. says." the new york times.
  • Narrates jenkins, sally, and rick maese, "pain and pain management in nfl spawn a culture of prescription drug use and abuse."
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