Concussions in Football

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By: Josh Lyons and René Puerta

Football is a dangerous sport. Whether in high school or college, the risk of injury is high, but currently the NFL is dealing with a problem much larger than sore muscles—concussions. To be more blunt, serious head injuries/brain damage. Analysis shows that the number of players with concussions listed on the injury report increased from 9% in 2010 to almost 9% per wein 2011. The concussion per week average has increased from 5.4 in 2009, to 7.6 in 2010, to 8.4 in 2011 and 9.2 last year. Although these numbers are already high, it is possible that they could be higher. According to an interview conducted by The Sporting News, 56% of player would choose to hide their concussion symptoms in order to continue playing. There have been cases where doctors have sent players back on the field despite displaying symptoms that should make them inactive for at least the rest of the game. It has reached the point where New Orleans QB Drew Brees believes the NFL has not done enough to solve the concussion problem. Adrian Peterson (last year’s MVP) and Kurt Warner (former MVP quarterback), said that they would never let their children play football. Even Baraq Obama said that if he had a son, he’d think extremely hard about letting him play. Over 4,000 players have filed concussion related lawsuits, the most recent being that of the family of the late Junior Seau. Seau was a former pro bowl linebacker for the San Diego Chargers and ended a successful 20 year career with The New England Patriots. The 43 year old died on May 2nd due to self inflicted gunshot wounds. His friends admit that throughout his career he sustained violent hits that caused traumatic brain injury, depression and ultimately, his death. He was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, after his death. According to Junior’s parents, Tiaina and Luisa Seau: “This success comes at a price to the players who make the game great.”

due to self inflicted gunshot

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