High School Football Essay

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On a typical Friday night in any town across the country you can hear the band playing the school fight song, cheerleaders cheering at the top of their lungs, parents proudly hoisting homemade posters in support of the team, and the student body feverishly rooting for their friends. Is there anything that can bring a community closer than a Friday night high school football game? As the team comes sprinting onto the field one has to wonder has anyone considered the fact that head injuries, specifically concussions, have become such a danger in this game that is loved so much across America. Given the volume of recent research that indicates head injuries can lead to long-term brain disease, should high schools continue to encourage their …show more content…
When taking a side on a controversial topic one needs to see both sides of the debate and make an informed decision on which side of the debate to fall. To be fair and balanced with such a hot button issue regarding the modern day high school is very difficult. Before a conclusion can be drawn one must clearly recognize the severity of head injuries in high school football, the need to have properly trained medical personnel making the medical decisions, the helmet controversy, and have an understanding that the rules of football, as written today, must be enforced and in some cases they must change. Logically speaking, concussions have been a problem in high school football since the first high school football game was played. Some would argue that with all the technological advances in equipment (helmet, pads) football is much safer today than it was formerly. If the game is safer today, then why has concussion awareness grown so much in the past decade? The National Football League has had several former all-stars that have developed symptoms for CTE. “Stephanie Smith defines Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, as a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic sub-concussive hits to the head. However, recent reports have been published of neuropathologically confirmed CTE in retired

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