Commentary On The Horror Of The Movie ' Concussion ' And ' The Documentary League Of Denial '

1021 Words May 26th, 2016 null Page
For the entirety of my existence, football has been as normal a part of life as anything else. Although I never played on an organized team, like the majority of those that have grown up in the United States, I’ve participated in backyard games, seen it on television, visited games, and supported my favorite teams in full stride, never questioning the danger that is inherent to any sport that involves such a level of violent contact between players. After viewing the movie Concussion and the documentary League of Denial, I have been abruptly torn from my state of ignorance and passive acceptance, finding myself now in a mindset of disgust and contempt for the neglect displayed by the NFL and the public itself. Previous to the films, I had never watched football and let out a cry of empathy for a player who had been knocked to the ground, but rather a cheer of excitement, expressing satiation of the primal, aggressive nature found in all humans. Now I look back with a feeling of sorrow, not only for the player, but for myself and the audience, whose state of unenlightenment has allowed such a practice to continue, taking many lives, not only of players, but of those close to them. In conclusion, the message communicated in these two films, which ultimately criticizes football by examining its correlation to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, begs the question: Why is football still being played if it has been sufficiently proven to have adverse effects on human health?…

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