The Hard Hitting, Emotional Filled Weeks Essay

1612 Words Nov 14th, 2014 7 Pages
The hard-hitting, emotional-filled weeks that take place during youth football season are rapidly coming to a halt. At one point in time it seemed like as soon as a boy could walk his father was signing him up for youth football in hope of him making it to the National Football League. However, breaking news in the National Football League is drastically changing this tradition. For example, Jason M. Breslow from PBS reports that legends such as Brett Favre, Tony Dorsett, Terry Bradshaw and Harry Carson have exposed the horrors of receiving vicious blows to the head. These symbolic figures of the NFL say that the aftermaths of concussions consist of memory loss, emotional changes and other brain traumas. Another example, Alan Gilman of, “Brain Damage in the NFL”, states that documents revealed the NFL expects about 6,000 of the 19,400 retired players will develop Alzheimer’s disease or at least moderate dementia. Gilman continues to state that of these twenty-eight percent many will be diagnosed with ALS or Parkinson’s disease during their lives. Statements such as these have gained the attention of concerned parents across the United States, and parents are taking action to protect their children. For instance, Steve Fainaru of ESPN states, “Participation among players six to fourteen in USA Football fell from three million to 2.6 million in 2011, a 6.7 percent decline.” In this essay I plan to discuss why the dramatic decline in youth participation is likely to continue…

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