The NFL Concussion Protocol

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I chose to talk about the NFL Concussion protocol and the issues, which are still a major problem that have increasingly gained relevance over the past few years. Concussions can have lasting effects on players both during their play and after their careers are over. Concussions have been known to cause temporary loss of proper brain function, as well as severe headaches, amnesia, vomiting and depression. Long lasting effects may include epilepsy, memory problems, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), language impairment and several other issues caused by brain dysfunction. An example of this is with ex- NFL lineback, Junior Seau who committed suicide in 2012. After his death, his brain was examined and tested positive for CTE, which is …show more content…
I think that the NFL should design a plan to educate players and coaches about the severity of concussions and the long-term effects they could have on their lives after football. Before each season the NFL should send out representatives or neurologists to sit down with the teams and explain the effects of concussions, proper protocol after receiving a concussion, proper return to play guidelines and other precautionary methods. This idea would hopefully help the players to understand that they shouldn’t lie about how they feel during their concussion testing just to get back on the field. It could also possibly change the mentality of how the game is played. The players who are out there “head hunting” might realize that the results of their actions could affect another person’s life significantly. Another plausible way to help change the current issue is to have players sign a contract not to hold the NFL accountable for any issues later developed from repeated concussions. At the same time, the NFL should re-evaluate the steps they take towards letting players return to the playing field. A contract of this nature could open the player’s eyes to the dangers of the game and the severity of concussions. It would make them think twice before just getting …show more content…
“The traditional starting position for offensive and defensive linemen allows them to blast into each other, often with their helmets colliding”(7). The article also states that it would be more beneficial for the players to line up in a two point stance instead that way they’re already in position to block and shed blocks without their heads being down (7). If the NFL made it a penalty to line up in the three-point stance, it would greatly decrease the number of head injuries. The level of force in the three-point stance allows players to get off of the snap a lot faster than if they were in the two-point stance because it allows them to get more

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