Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: The Dangers Of Football

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Football is one of America’s favorite sports, with 114.4 million views for the Super Bowl alone. However, recent studies have begun to prove that the popular sport is deadly. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease which affects the brains of people who have suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries 1, and it is the reason why football needs to become a sport of the past.
The main reason that the sport of football needs to be banned is the tragedy of Chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy was first discovered in 2002, when Dr. Bennet Omalu performed the autopsy on Mike Webster 1, and since then, the knowledge that Chronic traumatic encephalopathy exists has not
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One of these arguments is that football players can merely wear better helmets. However, better helmets will not protect the brain the way that people think they would. One of the best responses to the helmet argument is, “Imagine your brain like an egg; the shell is the helmet; the yolk is your brain. Just because you have a thicker shell, like an egg carton, doesn 't protect the yolk from moving back and forth whenever the egg is shaken or moved.” 3 This image makes it so clear that the padding around the head is not the answer, but rather the head needs to not be hit in the first place. Another argument is that the NFL will just change the rules. A spokesman for the NFL said, “We are dedicated to making football safer and continue to take steps to protect players, including rule changes, advanced sideline technology, and expanded medical resources.”5 The main problem is that these rule changes listed above do nothing about the real issue, which is head injuries. Just having an extra doctor on the field does not prevent the thing that causes the need for the doctor, which are the constant head-on collisions which are the norm in football. Finally, the last and most horrific argument is that chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a made-up disease. Dr. McKee who runs the lab at VA Boston Healthcare System stated that, “People think that we’re blowing this out of proportion, that this is a very rare disease and that we’re sensationalizing it. My response is that where I sit, this is a very real disease. We have had no problem identifying it in hundreds of players.” 5 The denial of chronic traumatic encephalopathy is merely an attempt to keep the football industry intact. However, this determination is horrific when considering the cost: hundreds of human lives lost to a preventable

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