Football Traumatic Brain Injury

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The sport of football has been the source of entertainment and also a bonding tool exercised by Americans for many years. All while creating a long line of historical moments performed by players who, to their younger fans who share the same dream, may seem invincible. Would every think of the dangers that comes with the talent of playing football?
According to article “League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for the Truth”. Studies state “377,000 out of the million young athletes playing football at 15,000 high schools in America were injured. 60,000 suffered major injuries, 15,000 will need surgery, and two dozen will suffer fatal injuries” (Dabcheck). Although, these numbers were collected in 1989, the sport of football
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Although some believe otherwise, the brain does not actually touch the skull. It floats in a layer of cerebrospinal fluid. So since it floats and is not attached to anything it has no other option but to hit the front and then to back of the skull when one comes to an abrupt stop on the field. This is called skull-rattling and may cause a concussion due to the brain being tossed back and forth and side to side. Serving as the major cause of death and disabilities in teens and young adults, brain trauma injuries are to not be taken lightly. According to Wikipedia, they are usually received from “falling, car accidents and violence” brain injuries on the football field are just as deadly and can also be the result of long term health …show more content…
(Perry) Boston University School of medicine uses the finding from the neurology journal as their base of information to perform research on the topic of the effects brain trauma causes from football. In the study 42 retired NFL football players were given a test on mental flexibility, memory and intelligence. The groups of men were split up based on who played tackle football before the age of 12 and those who did not. Their study showed that the players who played before the age of 12 were “significantly worse”. Studies from the same article also showed that “ages 9 to 12 who plays football experience an average of 240 head impacts in a single season”. But those ages aren’t the only ages that are at a great risk. Teens who play in hopes of one day to be drafted by a good college and then to the NFL are at an even greater risk. These young hopeful individuals are willing to do whatever it takes for their love of the game. The case of 17-year-old Evan Murray who played as quarterback for his New Jersey high school is a prime example. After being hit a great number of times during his last game, Murray who said he was okay just to be able to continue to play suffered from a lacerated spleen which caused him to hemorrhage internally. He was pronounced dead the same

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