Impact of Concussions on NFL Players

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If you have the brains when you start, you are aware that banging your head into people is not the best thing for your body,” stated Chris Cooley, tight end and a 2 time Pro Bowler with the Washington Redskins (Do No Harm, 2). Research over the years has gathered extensive data on the mental and physical illnesses of retired NFL football players. It has proved that players who accumulate numerous concussions are at a higher risk of health problems after their football career than players who’ve sustained fewer. This data is proven by various studies that have caused worry for many retired NFL football families. The examples of deaths resulting from past concussions are astonishing, and the stats that show high risks for the possible…show more content…
The effects of harsh concussions are being made aware of in the NFL and steps are being made to prevent them (Block, 4). By teaching better tackling techniques, the risk of concussions has declined and defenders have learned to keep their heads up while tackling to prevent hard hits to the helmet (Emmert, 4). Five years ago in the NFL, players could return to the field after a concussion. The league is trying to protect the players from causing extensive head trauma now and keeping the players out of the game with a concussion (Sullivan, 2). Medical experts agree that all the steps being taken to prevent concussions are great, like handling out harsher penalties for hits to the head, teaching better tackling techniques, and creating high-tech helmets, but there’s no way of knowing if they’ll stop all concussions (Emmert, 7). The NFL is spending $45 million to support youth football and protect kids from concussions, where they will also teach the young players the proper way to tackle (Pulley and Glor, 1). The NFL agreed to pay $765 million with 4,800 former players, although a US District Court judge in Philadelphia declined it, stating that it wasn’t enough money to cover all the future claims that could be reported (Emmert, 1). Surveys show that 39% of players say that the NFL rule changes on hits to the head made the game safer, but 53% said it didn’t make a difference and 8% said it was less safe (Barzilai and Brady, 2). The “League of Denial”
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