Concussions In Football

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There is increased attention on concussions caused by football and other sports. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are 1.6 million to 3.8 million sports related concussions occurring annually, although that may be an understatement as concussions often go unreported (Dompier 660). Many of these concussions are from football, one of the most popular organized participant sports in the United States, with over three million middle and elementary school-age players, 1.1 million high school players and 100,000 college players playing annually (Dompier 660). For decades, football’s leadership claimed that tackle football was safe, but over the last several years as neurologists have found degenerative brain disease in many football players, even the National Football League has acknowledged the link between football and brain trauma (Belson I). This issue even reached the highest echelon of the American legal system. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a $1 billion settlement arising from retired players’ contention that the NFL hid results of the severity of concussions (McCann). As a result of these findings and increasing public concern about the game’s safety, as more information has become available participation in youth football has gradually declined nationwide. For boys ages 6 to 12 it fell by 20% between 2009 and 2015, although it rose 1.2% in 2015 (Belson I). In Westchester County, New York, where Chappaqua is located, schools are facing

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