The Dangers Of Concussions In Football

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Introduction Throughout all levels of football there are numerous risks that can have lifelong effects. These risks include the possibility of serve head and spinal injuries, which are caused by numerous impacts to the head. Concussions and cervical spine injuries are two of the most serve injuries that are associated with the risk of football. Concussions are a head injury that, if not taken care of properly, can have serious neurological effects. These neurological effects can be more detrimental on children. The primary cause of a concussion is a high intensity head impact. These types of impacts are praised on the professional level, which due to popularity; have a great influence how young children play the game. This intensity at which…show more content…
This cultural significance is evident in the existence of the National Football League (NFL) and its’ “Sunday Night Football,” and “Monday Night Football.” It has a cultural significance on the collegiate football, which is a major source of revenue for many universities including the University of Texas. On the local level there is the “Friday Night Lights,” mentality that shuts down many small towns. Beyond that there is the “Pop Warner Football” which is essentially little league football. Pop Warner teams are where most football players begin their journey; it is also the start of a long period of head…show more content…
The age group that is most at risk is athletes between the ages of six and fourteen. One of the reasons concussions tend to occur in youth is because of their lack of physical development. Common reasons for greater youth risk are: thinner cranial bones, reduced cerebral blood volume, and an immature nervous system. For example youth have a less proportional head and a weaker neck than adults. With this lack of development the youth brain absorbs the majority of the impact from a traumatic collusion compared to their body. (Johnson) There is a chemical difference in the adolescent brain that consequently makes concussions more deadly, if improperly managed, for adolescents. This is commonly called, “Second-Impact syndrome,” which results in immediate death due to swelling in the cerebral part of the brain. This swelling is cause because; “the adolescent brain is 60 times more sensitive to glutamate and N-methyl-D-aspartate,” which are the two major components, neurologically, of a concussion. Due to this extremely great sensitivity the brain becomes more susceptible to a second concussion and Second-Impact syndrome. (Cournoyer) Concussions do not only affect young and inexperienced athletes, they affect athletes at every level of the

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