Nfl Concussion’s Essay

1800 Words Oct 4th, 2015 8 Pages

The National Football league is America’s most popular sporting league, drawling millions of fans each year. Fans wear jerseys, hats, and other merchandise to represent their favorite player(s). However, over 70% of National Football League fans, don’t realize the battle players (and retired players) have been facing for the past 20 years. For the two last decades, players have been facing life-threating health challenges that have resulted in mental illness and even death. The National Football league failed to acknowledge these medical conditions until 2010. The argument faced is whether or not players should be allowed to file a lawsuit against the National Football League, even though players sign contracts which has a
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CTE has been known to affect boxers since the 1920s. However, recent reports have been published of neuropathologically confirmed CTE in retired professional football players and other athletes who have a history of repetitive brain trauma.” (Ann C. McKee, MD, 2010). The common symptoms of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy are changes in mood, aggression, confusion, speech abnormalities, cognitive decline and motor disturbance, however reports of other reactions have been found as well. ‘The first symptoms of CTE were noticed at ages ranging from 25 to 76 years (M = 42.8 years, SD = 12.7). One third were symptomatic at the time of their retirement from the sport and half were symptomatic within 4 years of stopping play’ (Ann C. McKee, MD, 2010). There is no agreement to exactly how much head trauma is needed to receive Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, as studies show it can vary depending on the persons race and generics.


There was a study on recent players that have been diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, called “76 of 79 players” a special on PBS. One of the most famous well known players, was Junior Seau he was a linebacker for the New England Patriots, a 10 time all pro, and 12 time pro bowl selection, played 20 years of

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