Contact Sports and Degenerative Brain Disease Kayla Roides Caledonia-Mumford Abstract This paper connects contact sports with degenerative brain diseases. It also shows that CTE is not only connected to football because of the continuous tackling inducing trauma to the brain, but also soccer where heading the ball can often cause brain damage. This is
Today, one of the more common injuries in youth sports is a concussion. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs after a player has either taken a hit to their body that has caused both the head a brain to quickly jerk back and forth, or by a sudden shock or knock to the head. With the force and sudden movement, there is movement of the brain which can cause chemical changes that can lead to permanent or stretching the brain cells. By the above definition you can start to think of many instances in sports where a player can receive a concussion.
Attention Getter: U.S. high schools with at least one certified athletic trainer on staff found that concussions accounted for nearly 15% of all sports-related injuries. Discuss that there’s a debate on your topic: Football has long been known as a physically demanding sport, and stories about football players getting concussions flood the media everyday. Summarize what both sides believe: Some people believe that playing football is not worth the risk that it is associated with, while others believe that football is a vital part of youth sports that has many advantages. There are multiple reasons for letting kids play football. Parents who let their kids play football; realize that the attributes they retain from football will last with them for the rest of their life. Football will continue benefiting them when the season is over. Players are taught not to hit head to head and are taught the proper formed tackle. Concussions are not as dangerous because athletic trainers diagnose and help the players immediately. The only reason that parents do not want their children to play is because there is a miniscule chance of injury. Everyone is scared of football because NFL players are complaining, and talking about how concussions have negatively affected them. People were not aware of concussions until recently. Concussions are the main reason, parents do not want their kids playing football. Thesis: Due to the advantages that playing football as a youth has, such as teaching children and adolescents to set and achieve goals, promoting physical fitness, and fostering a hard work ethic, young boys should not be discouraged from playing football, despite its possible negative side effects.
“CDC reports show that the amount of reported concussions has doubled in the last 10 years. The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that emergency room visits for concussions in kids ages 8 to 13 years old has doubled, and concussions have risen 200 percent among teens ages 14 to 19 in the last decade” (Head Case, 2013). It is reported that between 5-10% of athletes will suffer concussion during any given sports season. Football is the most common sport with concussion risk for males with a 75% chance. It has also been found that 78% of concussions happen during games as opposed to during practices (Science Daily, 2014).
Should parents let their kids play football Football is America’s most popular sport; however, recently controversy has been arising pertaining to the injuries and violence connected to football. Within the last five years the topic of allowing youth to play football has blown up. Though the injuries vary dramatically, what has really been the key subject is head related injuries, typically concussions. Parents around the country are debating whether or not their children should play the sport, specifically contact football. Although football and most sports in general have injury related risks attached with it, there are still arguments why kids around the country should be able to enjoy one of the most liked sports. Reasons such as building teamwork, physical activity and free will can lead to why many believe that there should not be a dispute regarding football.
Long Term Effects of Concussions Introduction A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jerks or shakes the brain inside the skull. The brain is made up of soft tissue which is surrounded by
Seth Garff Mrs. Holliday: Period 2 1/8/16 The Dangers of Concussions in Youth and High School Football Thesis: Youth and High School football teams are not adequately protected from the danger of concussions and head trauma.
Through the course of history, concussions alone have been a major concern to society. Obtaining a concussion means that one took a blow to the head from a ball, punch, an opponent 's shoulder, etc. They can cause memory loss, permanent brain damage, and even death. The NFL (National Football League) has been suspected to be the cause of majority of the concussions presented to this day. Most people, not just athletes, have connections to concussions. Since the mid-twentieth century, major professional sport leagues have responded in different and evolving ways to the issue of concussions and traumatic brain injuries in athletes (Flynn). Playing more contact sports increases the risk of head injuries, but with updated technology, proper training, and research from prior concussion cases can help reduce the risk and rate of concussions.
One of the biggest issues in dangerous sports is that it cause many minor/major effects to the brain. Wake Forest Baptist Health, Dr. Alexander K. Powers estimates that, “Each year U.S. emergency departments treat an estimated 135,000 children ages 5 to 18 for sports-related brain injuries.” Dr. Alexander K. Powers also reported, “Repeated concussions could put a child at risk for such crippling conditions as early onset
In the article, “Sports and Brain Injury,” Michael McCrea, Lindsay Nelson and Julie Janecek report on the surprising prevalence and effects of sport-related concussions (SRCs). Concussions are among the most frequent injuries experienced by athletes participating in contact and collision sports (McCrea, Nelson and Janecek, 2014). Neurologists have increasingly
A concussion is a mild type of traumatic brain injury, caused by a blow to the head. A Concussion is a common injury in high school sports. Doctors consider them to be a mild injury, because they are rarely life threatening. However, a concussion can range in severity and it can be difficult to determine how serious the injury is, even with a CT scan. The student 's ability to recover is greatly impacted by the severity of the injury. Each student 's recovery is different, and often students are cleared to practice before they have fully recovered. Alarmingly, if a concussed student athlete returns to their sport without fully recovering, they are at risk for life threatening second-impact syndrome. Head injuries are finally being addressed on the news, and getting the attention they deserve. Now is not the time for naivety, the health of student athletes needs to be priority. What exactly is second-impact syndrome and how is it being prevented in high school sports? Every coach, player, and parent needs to be aware of the risk involved in making hasty return to play decisions.
Athletes around the world come together every day to compete and with competition comes injuries. Athletic trainers are typically the first responders to assist the athletes and provide diagnoses and treatment. Although injuries are always going to happen the main responsibility of an athletic trainer is to prevent them from happening. There are a wide range of possible injuries in which an athlete can get into, concussions are one of the most common types of injuries during sporting activities. As a matter of fact, concussions occur at a rate of 1.6 to 3.8 million per year during sporting activities (Broglio). However, these figures fall short as there are many concussion injuries, which are unreported by either athletes or coaches and often
Our society would not be what it is today without the world of sports. In the United States, football has become an essential part of Sunday plans to over 250 million people. While numerous people of all ages watch the sport, many people play it as well. This includes over one million high schoolers who participate in the sport at their schools. For many, football games are some of the most memorable high school moments. However, football isn’t all about the fans and school spirit; the players themselves face enormous risks just by stepping out on the field. Concussions and other health concerns have become more common than ever in football, especially with the youth. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury, and in sports, they are usually caused by an impact or blow to the head. These injuries leave a lasting impact and can greatly impact one’s life. High school football is too dangerous in today’s world due to the extensive and life threatening injuries that commonly occur in the sport.
Concussions: According to the department of Orthopedic Surgery, at Wayne State University, “Youth football programs across the United States represent an at-risk population of approximately 3.5 million athletes for sports related concussions” (Buzas 1). Despite these risks, it is easy for some parents get involved in the game and overlook the danger that their children are in. There are parents who do not realize the severity of effects a concussion can have, as there are parents who do not know exactly what a concussion is. In order to recognize how severe the effects of concussions are, the individual must first understand what a concussion is. According to Medicine.Net, a concussion is, “a traumatic injury to soft tissue, usually the brain, as a result of a violent blow, shaking, or spinning. A brain concussion can cause immediate but usually temporary impairment of brain functions, such as thinking, vision, equilibrium, and consciousness” (Medicine.Net). Concussions can increase in effect or cause permanent damage if not taken care of properly. Learning how to properly deal with concussions is essential for all ages; it is more crucial for youth football players because younger children are more susceptible to long-term risks from head injuries (Buzas 1).
In terms of relevance and helpfulness, I rank the articles as follows: Long-term effects of adolescent concussion history on gait, across age, Changes in cortical plasticity during adolescence, and Effects of a season of sub concussive contact on child-SCAT 3 scores in 8-12 year-old male athletes. For continuity, I will refer to the articles by the initial author’s last name. So the rankings will be: Meelan, Jennings, then Martini. Luckily, none of the articles were irrelevant, and all pertained to my topic. Small details helped to determine the usefulness of each article. Despite these differences, I plan to use these articles in further assignments, due to their viability and usefulness.