The Silent Stalkers That Should Be Present From The Back Of Any Professional Athlete 's Mind

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Injuries are the silent stalkers that should be present in the back of any professional athlete’s mind. Nine in ten retired NFL players experienced concussions during their careers, while nearly two-thirds continue feeling symptoms according to a Washington Post survey (Jenkins). One of these players, Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett, doesn’t know the number of concussions he received in his playing days, but he says, “[My] quality of life has changed drastically and it deteriorates every day” (Weinbaum). Dorsett suffers from CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a buildup of an abnormal protein in the brain that causes depressive thinking and suicidal behavior (Weinbaum). The question every NFL player needs to consider is: Do I want to be healthy long into my glory years, or would I rather spend my retirement with severe memory problems and forgetfulness? Most people would desire to have a prolonged and healthy existence. Current research shows a significant number of active NFL players seem to disregard the fact that repeated mild traumatic brain injuries greatly diminish future health (Barizali).
Many players would rather receive a concussion than a knee injury simply because they can return to the field sooner, ignoring the consequences of head injuries (Barizali). According to a USA Today Poll, 46% of NFL players are most concerned about injuring their knees, while head and neck injuries worry only 24% of players (Barizali). Others still are not concerned…

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