An Athlete Goes Down On The Field, And Paramedics Rush Essay

1652 Words Sep 29th, 2015 7 Pages
☠ CTE KILLS ☠ An athlete goes down on the field, and paramedics rush to his aid. When they arrive to help him they observe he has a large amount of head trauma. Over the years, this same athlete will continue to play contact sports such as football, or boxing resulting permanent brain damage. At the young age of forty, this athlete could already have dementia-like symptoms that occur in older adults. How can we allow this continue? Close contact sports such as boxing, MMA, and football are dangerous “blood sports;” like the fights that would take place in a Roman Coliseum. To prevent concussions and knockouts, game rules must change, and players should wear highly protective head guards that far exceed the safety standards of current equipment. These sports must evolve in order to protect our athletes.

Over 80% of athletes who take part in close contact sports experience symptoms related to CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. In an article that was published on September 18, 2015, PBS and Frontline talked about the outcomes of a lab taking place in the middle of the heated debate about concussions in NFL games. “A total of 87 out of 91 former NFL players have tested positive for the brain disease” (Breslow, 2015). “The disease identified is known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE in 96% of NFL players examined”, the article says in the next paragraph. “In total the lab has found CTE in the brain tissue of 131 out of 165 players”.

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