The Dangers Of American Football

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Is football too dangerous to be played the way it currently is?
Maybe football shouldn’t be played at all. The latest findings show that 81 to 91 percent of deceased National Football League players had signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Alternatively, others think football should be made safer to reduce some of its violence.
American Football dates back all the way from the late 1800s. The sport of American football itself was relatively new in 1892. It started from two sports, soccer and rugby, which was enjoyed around the world. On November 6, 1869, Rutgers and Princeton played what was billed as the first college football game. However, it wasn't until the 1880s that a great rugby player from Yale, Walter Camp, pioneered rules changes that slowly transformed rugby into the new game of American Football. Since then the game has become very dangerous. Many former National Football League players believe that their NFL experiences will cost them years off their lives, according to a recent Times survey. There is no observed data to confirm their claims; there is medical evidence and opinion suggesting that the players may be right. Players contend that the violent nature of the game lends itself to shortened life spans.
Concussions, also known as traumatic brain injuries, occur when your brain is violently impacted inside of your skull. Concussions are sadly common for college athletes and professionals and college ball. Concussions make up 7.4 percent of all
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