Essay on Sports-Related Concussions

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Recently a judge ruled that the 765 million dollar settlement still might not be enough for the over 20,000 former NFL players who have been a victim of the growing problem of concussions. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions are a growing problem in our world because of how it affects your health and how frequent it occurs; luckily many things are being to solve this problem.
There are many symptoms of concussions that can greatly affect people both physically and mentally. Most symptoms of concussions occur very earlier, usually in the first days or weeks. Headache, nauseas or vomiting, balance problems, blurred vision,
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Concussions have also caused Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Some former NFL players have Lou Gehrig's disease and dementia because of concussions they received when they played ("Judge fears $765 million not enough."). Death can even occur in those who receive a concussion. Even if most concussion victims don’t have such serious long term effects they still can negatively impact you for the rest of your life.
What might be even more surprising than the health effects of concussions is how frequently they occur. The concussion rate has doubled in the last decade and it is estimated that there are between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports related concussions every year in the United States ("Concussion Statistics for High School Sports."). This is a very serious problem, what’s even more serious is that there are 136,000 to 300,000 concussions per year in high school athletics. This can seriously affect their ability to perform in school. Football is the #1 cause for sports related concussions making up about a ¼ of all sports related concussions. Basketball, baseball, and soccer all account for about 15% of the concussions as well ("Concussion Statistics for High School Sports."). Concussions frequently occur when someone is struck in the head, whether with a ball or a blow to the head

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