Essay on The Effects Of Concussions On Youth And Young Teens

819 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
Football is one of the most popular sports played today, but, many injuries can occur while playing football. Some of these injuries may include broken bones, spinal injuries and concussions. High school football accounts for forty-seven percent of all reported sports concussions(headcasecompany.com). A concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head or body. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative disease of the brain and is associated with repeated head traumas like concussions (CNN.com). Brain injuries cause more deaths in sports than any other injury. If we want to continue the sport of football in our youth and young teens, we need to have ways to prevent head injuries. Some ways of preventing head injuries would be different helmet designs, better tackling techniques or less contact time in practices. The Strib piece, is about Wally Hilgenberg, the former Minnesota Vikings linebacker who died in 2008 at age 66. He had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but a brain analysis after his death has led a group of Boston scientists to conclude his symptoms were more likely the result of repeated trauma to his head (Kaszuba). A New York Times article shows what life is now like for 34-year-old Mitch White, who signed on as an offensive right tackle for several teams, but never played a regular season game because of…

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