Preventing Athletes, Banning The High Risk Games Essay

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I. Introduction Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, commonly referred to as CTE, is a degenerative brain disease that can cause depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s in those who have suffered repeated instances of head trauma. The aforementioned disease came to light after researchers examined the brains of several high-profile athletes who died due to the previously mentioned symptoms. Moreover, according to current knowledge, contact sport athletes, such as boxers or football players, are at the highest risk of developing CTE. This means that said disease plagues athletes who help generate millions for charity, drive local economies, and inspire our youth. This essay will explore changing these games to protect athletes, banning the high-risk games, and informing athletes and consumers as potential solutions to this issue.
II. The Problem At some point in history, people realized that gladiator fights in the coliseum were not appropriate. Collectively, a majority of the population agreed that they did not enjoy watching people kill each other anymore. However, fighting remained immensely popular, and has maintained that popularity even today. See, the gladiator fights had to either change to adapt with the new times or they had to go away. Ultimately they went away as other, safer options captured the public eye. In many ways, contact sports are coming to the same cross roads. For a long time, any head injury was referred to as getting your “bell rung” and were spoken

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