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Concussions in the NFL

I don’t know if many of you watch professional American Football (NFL), but over the past few years there has been a lot of controversy about concussions and how they should be treated. As science and medicine advance the NFL and its doctors are realizing how dangerous concussions actually are. This video explains the science behind concussions and gives a good visual to its affects.

With all the new information surfacing regarding the danger of concussions, many NFL administrators are calling for changes to the rules and to the game to ensure the long-term safety of their players. Traditionalists, however, believe these changes to the rules will affect the sanctity of the game and hinder they way football, “is supposed to be played.”

Football is a very violent game. Players know what they are getting themselves into when they put on that uniform and throw their bodies at members of another team.

What do you think? Should the NFL change rules to protect player’s long-term health? Or should they maintain the traditions of football as it was played for so many decades?

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  1. November 12, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I believe that NFL players should get long-term health safety. I understand that they know what they’re getting themselves in to when they step on the field but they actually need the protection. For example, Lawyers sit in offices all day long and still get health benefits. How many ways could you possibly risk getting a concussion sitting at a desk all day long? Not many, so why do they even need it? NFL players are more at risk and should be promised care for their injuries, they are getting tackled for our entertainment.

  2. November 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    The players know that football has its risks when they go into the sport. However that does not mean that we need to make it worse by not creating a safer way to play. Most of these players have been playing the game since childhood, meaning that they have been beaten up by the game way before they went pro. They have spent their entire life training to play professionally and if they get injured severely they are out, and with a skill set jobs aren’t exactly looking for. Each player already has a limited amount of time playing pro we do not need to limit it by giving them inadequate care or equipment but should make sure they are as safe as possible.

  3. ms
    November 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    As somebody who has suffered four concussions over a span of five years, watching the video linked in this post made me cringe…over and over again. Though mine were not the result of a direct head-to-head collision, they were incredibly painful and proved be detrimental to my overall well-being. Because of these head injuries, I often experience migraines and have been prescribed special medication to treat them on the rare occasion they become severe. After even just casually bumping my head on a shelf, (as I did just the other day) I have to take extra caution in icing my scalp while ensuring that a minor accident won’t manifest itself into a painful headache to last for days. Furthermore, the more concussions a person has sustained, the more likely they are to experience another.
    I agree that any sport (contact or not) can put players and participants at a great risk to injuries. Whether or not the NFL decides they want to offer long-term health benefits is up to them, but with increasing sustained head injuries in the league, affiliants are likely to grow weary of current policies and rules surrounding the well-being of players.

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