Head to Head Collisions: A Real Knock Out
Audience- All football players and their parents. Also those fans of the NFL who believe the new rules are taking away from the game.
Purpose- Address the recent changes in the NFL concerning the rules against helmet to helmet collisions, and make those involved aware of the dangers of footballs most common and most dangerous injury. Matt Gfeller was the average teenager living in a small suburb town in North Carolina. He grew up loving the game of football and dreamed of the day he would start on the high school varsity team. On August 22, 2008, during the fourth quarter of his first varsity game, Matthew suffered a severe helmet to￼ helmet collision while making a tackle at outside
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As defined by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a concussion is when the brain is slammed against the inside of the skull, in this case by a violent hit, and that slamming prevents normal brain function. Concussions may cuase memory loss, vomiting, light sensitivity, confusion, loss of consciousness and severe headaches. In 2007 Ted Johnson, a former New England Patriot, went to the Boston Globe and announced that he had undergone tests for his extreme depression and had ￼discovered it had developed from numerous undiagnosed concussions sustained during his NFL career. He has helped promote the discovery and research of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) , a devastating degenerative brain disease that can’t be diagnosed until the brain is dissected after death (NINDS). The fear of these horrible after effects have fueled the fight to ban these “highlight” hits. It would be bad enough not being able to get out of bed because of your deep depression, but what if you couldn’t get out of bed because your lower body doesn’t work? Helmet to helmet collisions were also made illegal due to the risk of paralysis.The risk of injury to the neck is almost as great as injury to the brain. ￼The NFL has recently made the penalty for helmet to helmet and other dangerous hits more severe. The problem with the stricter punishments is that there’s no definition of what