Injuries And Effects On Football And Boxing Essay

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Due to the intensity of the contact in both football and boxing, injuries pose a major threat to the brain in the form of both short-term and long-term effects. A few of the effects include concussions, altered skills and functions, loss of memory, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, and potentially death. Brain injuries can affect each part of the body in different ways for each individual. At only thirteen years old, Zack Lystedt walked on the football field just like any other game, but what he did not know at the time was that it would be his last football game ever. After hitting the back of his head in the first quarter, Zack sat out until the second half. Upon returning to play, he received numerous additional high-impact blows. By the time the game ended, he could barely stand and eventually his father carried him from the field after he lost consciousness. What Zack and his parents did not understand or expect was the fact that each blow to his head was wearing away at his brain’s ability to function properly. After emergency surgery, a three-month coma, two months of rehab, 13 months without the ability to move his limbs, 20 months on a feeding tube, and three years without being able to stand even with assistance, Zack would never be the same.
Incidentally, one of the major causes of brain injuries in football and boxing is being unaware of the danger. Most often, individuals can recover from the initial injury depending on the severity of the impact. However, if…

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