Concussion Issues In Sports

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Emiliano Martinez Coach White 3A 13 February 2018 Concussions in Professional Sports: Head injuries and concussions have always played a role in all sports ever since the sports world came into existence. Concussions have played a huge impact in the world of football especially since it has more physical contact than all sports. Besides football, the closest sport to come with more contact besides football is hockey. It's safe to say that concussions and head injuries in general are not rare anymore. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a disease caused my multiple head injuries and concussions and can lead to serious health issues or even death if not treated correctly. Also CTE has increased on athletes all over throughout the…show more content…
Millions of dollars have to be put in for scientists and researchers to find the unknown discoveries and future treatments for the disease. Without research and money being put into this situation, what does it mean for the future of football? It may go away for good to save lives all around if the game can't get safer. That's why former NFL players brains get donated once they pass, so they are able to identify if they are diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) or not. In the article “Study: CTE found in nearly all donated NFL brains” shows that the problem is football when it comes to head injuries and why its future may come to an end soon if it doesnt come together with results soon, “ we are seeing [CTE] in a very large number that participated in football for many years. So while we don't know the exact risk and we don't know the exact number, we know this is a problem in football." (goldman 1) the quote shows that we CTE is being taken very seriously, but still dont have the exact results and the exact numbers to give data on how to fix the whole situation and to help make football safer. Throughout the years it's been a process to make the game safer again, but not just in football but all sports in general. Scientists and researchers want the possibilities of getting CTE to drop within the next few years, but it will take a long period of time to find answers to head injuries and how to prevent…show more content…
In the article “CTE found in 99% of studied brains from deceased NFL players” explains that 99% of the brains brought it and donated have been found to have CTE from deceased football players either in the NFL, college football, or even high school players as well, “The neurodegenerative brain disease can be found in individuals who have been exposed to repeated head trauma. The disease is pathologically marked by a buildup of abnormal tau protein in the brain that can disable neuropathways and lead to a variety of clinical symptoms. These include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, aggression, depression, anxiety, impulse control issues and sometimes suicidal behavior” (Emanuel). The effects of CTE can be life threatening and can lead to disorders that can affect your health. Of course players and athletes cannot control if they get an concussion or not but thats why researchers are finding ways to prevent

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