The Negative Effects Of Youth Athletes And Concussions In Youth Football

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Smack! A wide receiver has just come over the middle of the field for a pass, and has been brutally hit in the upper body by a linebacker. The player is down and being evaluated for a concussion by the training staff. Nowadays, this is a common play at the levels of high school, college, and pro football. Recently, doctors and parents have been paying special attention to the sport of American football. Some claim that,”football is too dangerous,” and that the injuries sustained while playing the sport are too harsh for little kids. Numbers of kids who decide to play football have been on a sharp decline for the past several years. This is a direct result of fear of injuries and mainly concussions. Youth athletes experiencing concussions is a very serious matter. When an adolescent first experiences a concussion, they may seem dazed and confused. The adolescent may show signs of dizziness and have trouble recalling basic information. If after a blow to the head an athlete displays these signs, they should stop playing immediately and be taken out of the competition (Khabie 1). But just how prevalent in youth football are concussions? Some claim that most players experience head trauma that will leave a lasting negative effect on the athlete’s brain. Others believe that concussions in youth football are very rare and most of the time have no long term effects on the athlete. Many would say that even if there is risk of injury, football provides many positive opportunities
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