Controversy over the National Football League and Head Injuries

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Name: Instructor: Institution: Date: Controversy over the NFL and Head Injuries Football is the most loved sport in the United States with young and old alike keenly following the NFL fixtures. Many boys in schools always hope to one day get a chance to be in an American football team. Controversy has however rocked the American football as well as the National Football League due to emerging details that have linked it to head injuries and concussions. Parents are discouraging their children from playing the sport. Some people even suggest that the NFL and the sport should altogether be abolished as it poses a significant danger to players’ health. This essay looks at the various controversies relating to the NFL. The paper looks at the major injuries associated with the disease, their symptoms and what has been done to minimize the injuries. The heightened awareness and fierce debate on the connection between American football and concussions, the NFL’s poor handling of the issue, and the depiction of these injuries in new films have led to the supposition that American football may not survive in the long term. But should there be a need for concern or has the issue been blown out of proportion? Research shows that there is a need for concern about the dangers of playing in the NFL. A study was carried out in the year 2000 in which one thousand and ninety former NFL players were interviewed; it found that around sixty percent had suffered one or more concussions in their playing career (Fainaru-Wada and Fainaru 52). Another study carried out by the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at the University of North Carolina found that around twenty

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