I am doing a research paper on the dangers of playing football. Concussions have been a big problem recently for all levels of football.I personally do not think that football isn’t as dangerous as people say and think. I first started to research concussions in football and statistics related to that. Then I started to look at how concussions affect players lives what they think about them and the possibility of having Chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE is a topic I am still researching about because there is a lot of information about it. It was split down the middle of what players thought about the dangers of hits to the head because their is no confirmed link yet. Jordan Reed from the Washington Redskins said “But just because you have a few concussions, doesn’t mean it’s going to cause brain damage(Reed qtd in Marcur).” It was interesting to see how the concussions have affected him but he wants to keep playing to give his daughter and mom a better future. Reed also talked about his friend that he grew up with and who was going to go to the NFL with him but his career was cut short by concussions. I also have some prior knowledge of some safer equipment that companies are manufacturing and testing to help make the game safer. USA Football developed a program that is also trying to make the game safer by teaching new tackling and hitting techniques to coaches and players to get rid of concussions in the lower levels of football.
After reading many different articles, the information makes it seem like there are a lot of injuries but compared to the amount of people that play it is not a super high percentage. After reading and researching I have thought about how to make the game safer and how to penalize a player that purposely leads with their head. I have also just been researching the dangers of football and I have not yet thought of all the benefits associated with playing football. It is interesting when I read a new article and I see a new idea I have never thought about and I try to see if and how I could work it into my paper. All of this research has helped me further my thinking about this topic and how I can expand upon it in my paper.Tags: OHS
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