The Cause And Effects Of Professional Football Players Essay examples

718 Words Dec 1st, 2014 3 Pages
“Boxers dementia” or “Punch drunk” are terms derived from boxing in which the boxer suffers a cerebral concussion as a result of constant repeated blows to the head. The boxers disorientation is similar to that of an intoxicated person characterized by confusion, slow or delayed movements, unsteady gait, and slurred speech. The “punch drunk” dementia effects many athletes participating in collision contact sports, including professional football players in the NFL. The repetitive hits to the head that football players endure, bring about mental and cognitive problems, which may eventually lead to traumatic brain injuries, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Sports Legacy Institute). Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are complex injuries with a broad spectrum of symptoms and disabilities. According to the Mayo Clinic, TBI can cause a host of physical, psychological, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral effects. Ranging from mild to severe, symptoms can appear right after the traumatic event, or may take several weeks. Some mild symptoms include: concussions with no loss or a brief loss of consciousness, disorientation, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, changes in sleep, loss of balance, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sound, memory or concentration problems, mood swings, depression and/or anxieties. Within hours or days of the injury, the athlete may show more severe symptoms such as: concussion with loss of consciousness lasting minutes to hours,…

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