Speculation continues to grow about the future of the NFL as more players join the ‘concussion fight’ against the league. Several lawmakers are even looking to put an end to college football due to the growing concern over concussions, but that’s a subject for another day. While it’s certainly a serious issue, the main point for this fight may be getting lost in translation.
After the recent death of Junior Seau, several media outlets were quick to jump in and link his suicide to being concussion related. Andre Waters, Dave Duerson and Ray Easterling also took their lives in the past three years after they suffered from dementia and depression but medical studies have yet to determine if Seau suffered from the same. But is the NFL really the ones to blame here? Depends on who you talk to.
The players are fighting for compensation and rightfully so. They are suffering from concussion related symptoms like those mentioned above. It’s only right they get paid to cover their medical expenses which is what this is about. Not about bringing down the NFL.
What’s hard to understand is how certain players are putting the blame solely on the NFL for their post-career medical problems. Concussion symptoms can linger on for years according to some neurological specialists. With that said, these symptoms could have dated back to their child years in pop-warner football as they may have been concussed then and never noticed the signs. Same goes for their high school and college careers.
Football players are not the only ones that should be concerned with head injuries. In fact, the team sport with the highest rated concussions is girls’ soccer at 12%. Neurologists have also proven that a non-sport related injury, like tripping over your own feet and not have your head hit the ground, can cause a concussion. Sounds silly, but it’s a medical fact. They can happen at anytime doing anything.
The photo posted along with the article shows, in reality, all that the NFL can do to help prevent such injuries. Athletes know the risk they get themselves into playing any sport so posted warnings in locker rooms are just reminders of what they signed up for. Injuries can be prevented but they are an unfortunate reality as well as part of the game
Of course the NFL can have more studies, provide more financial support, and have more immediate care on the sidelines for concussion related symptoms on the field. Saying it will be the demise of the league though is unlikely.
Two decades ago there were concerns of paralysis throughout the league. Now the growing issue is concussions. Sadly it’s another realistic problem that plagues one of America’s most popular sport.
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