Severe Football Injuries
Football is a very dangerous sport and in my opinion will not be played professionally in 20 years. Football is a very hard hitting sport that causes a lot of life threatening injuries especially to the head and neck. Players have been affected for most of their lives because of concussions, and I don’t think that players will want to take that big of a risk on their lives.
Head injuries, mostly concussions, have become a deep concern in the NFL. Most people think concussions are a bruise to the brain because of hitting a hard surface, but it is not. The brain keeps on moving until it collides with the inside of the skull, causing damage that can lead to never playing football again or possibly losing your mental facilities. In fact, no swelling or bleeding of the brain are shown on the x-ray. The injury usually happens when the head either increases speed rapidly or is spun rapidly. The results of concussions usually are messed up vision, memory loss, nausea, and unconsciousness. The more concussions you get, the worse your future during and after your football career will be.
There are many players that played a long time ago that have problems even today from their earlier concussions. One of the many players that have a hard time today is Jim McMahon. Jim McMahon has the early stages of dementia. Dementia is when you barely know where you are, if you do not know if you’re safe, or even asking the same question repeatedly. McMahon said he would rather have played baseball if he knew what was going to happen. One of the hits that caused McMahon to have dementia was the famous hit by Charles Martin. It was a Monday Night Football game and Charles Martin grabbed McMahon and slammed him head first. When Martin went to the sideline, it appeared he had a hit list and crossed McMahon off. McMahon was out for the season. Another legend that had repeated concussions was Tight End John Mackey. John Mackey played in the late 60’s early 70’s. The problem with Mackey was not that he had one major concussion, it was that he kept getting concussions. At the age of 65, like McMahon, Mackey also had dementia. Many former players have sued the NFL for not telling the players about the consequences of playing football.
The NFL is trying to stop the cause of concussions. The NFL said they would donate 30 million dollars to the National Institutes of Health to support research on brain injuries and other injuries in not only the NFL but all other sports. That announcement was made in the season opener when the Giants and Cowboys kicked off the 2012-2013 season. We know a lot about concussions today then we used to, but not how to prevent them. No kind of helmet can offer much support, since the injury happens when a fast moving body suddenly stops or changes direction. The NFL now uses simple written or on the computer tests to assess concussions. Before each season, players are shown a piece of paper filled with words and drawings. After they look at it for a minute, the nfl commissioner takes the sheet away and the players are expected to draw and write as much as they can.
In Conclusion, I don’t think professional football will be here in the future because of all the things that have happened to former players like McMahon and Mackey. I am a big football fan, but every Sunday, at least 1 player gets severely injured.
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