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Effects Of Concussions In The NFL

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Americans today tend to believe that the NFL is a great sport to participate in and has no flaws. But the NFL is a dangerous sport where the players often suffer from concussions. According to the Medical News Today, over “4,000 former football players filed lawsuits alleging that the National Football League failed to protect them from the long-term health consequences of concussions”. Also just in 2013, 228 NFL players have been diagnosed with concussions that season, “according to the league’s annual Health & Safety Report”. These concussions that the athletes suffer from can result in the players developing CTE. CTE also known as “chronic traumatic encephalopathy”, is an illness that causes pain on the brain of people who had gone through multiple head-to-head collisions or severe mental trauma. There are several symptoms of CTE in which can have a negative effect on the person with the disease and their family or friends. Some of these symptoms include memory loss, not being able to control unpredictable behaviors, weakened judgement, violent attitude, depression, and dementia. Research from the BIRI (Brain Injury Research Institute) showed that the CTE disease slowly deteriorates the brain where the individual will soon enough not be able to function properly. However, this disease is beginning to become more common in the NFL today.
In the 2015 film, Concussion, actor Will Smith portrays the role of Dr. Bennet Omalu, who is a pathologist that detects a brain decay
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