The Effectiveness Of Concussions In Football

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From what I can remember, football has become a Sunday ritual in my family since I was a kid. Growing up in the North East, we lived a couple hours from Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York. Being the playing ground for the New York Jets 1964 to 1983, now the New York Jets play at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Living so closed to the stadium and having family members like my Dad, Uncles, and Grandfather take the train or a boat over to watch Joe Namath play was an experience I wish I could have been a part of. Football has become so popular in America, that they have a day dedicated to watching your favorite team play their hardest vs one of the other thirty-one teams in the league. Once being a day to worship god, now a day to partake in the festivities of …show more content…
However, the equipment is not the only problem, the concussion protocol that is required to be done after a big play, makes the experts question the effectiveness of diagnosing a head injury. Former star for the Detroit Lions, Calvin Johnson, also one of the most prolific wide receivers to ever play the game, chose to retire last offseason at the age of 30 due to his fear of his already long medical record that was tested during his time in the NFL. In Calvin’s first major interview after his retirement, he told ESPN’s Michael Smith this, “Concussions happen," Johnson said. "If not on every play, then they happen like every other, every third play, you know. With all the helmet contact, guys hitting the ground, heads hitting ground. It 's simply when your brain touches your skull from the movement or the inertia, man. It 's simple to get a concussion." Being one of the greatest wide receiver to every play the sport of football, heads turned about concussions after this interview was

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