Why Athletes Should Not Be Banned

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Athletes are often viewed as some of the healthiest members of society, yet partaking in competitive sports brings with it inevitable risks of injury. Every fall thousands of football player will line up to participate in one of most popular and physical demanding sports in the United States. In any given day, hundreds of those players will have endure a serious injuries or concussions. Due to the large size of football teams and the higher rate of concussion relative to other sports, concussion occurrences is highest in football.
A concussion is damage to the brain that results in momentary loss of normal brain function. In football concussion are usually caused by a blow to the head. People may assume concussions result in a loss of consciousness, but that simply not true. A person with a concussion in many cases has never lost consciousness.
The formal medical definition of concussion is a clinical syndrome characterized by immediate and transient alteration in brain function, including alteration of mental status and level of consciousness, resulting from mechanical force or trauma. People with concussions often cannot remember what happened immediately before or after the injury and may act confused. A concussion can affect memory, judgment, reflexes, speech, balance and muscle coordination (1).
Determining whether an athlete has a concussion and is able to return to play is the job of athletic trainers and team physicians, who are charged with keeping players out of…

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