Sep 28, 2017

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NFL and TBIs

Football has been America’s most beloved sports for decades. The NFL is a multi-billion dollar organization (62.9 billion to be exact, with most teams being worth around 2 billion). A few NCAA football teams are similarly valuable. Throughout the south, high school football is big enough to almost be a religion in itself. No matter where you go, in any city in America, you’ll find people wearing their favorite athlete’s jerseys, arguing about their team in bars, and eagerly looking forward to the next game. Recently, the game has come under scrutiny as more and more research shows the damage it does to player’s bodies and brains. And the most recent game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears has only added to the conversation.

Davante Adams, a wide receiver for the Packers, was going to catch a pass. He had the ball in his hands and was being brought down in a tackle by one of the Bears’ defenders. But even though he was going down, another man charged in. Danny Trevathan struck Adams’ helmet with his own, knocking out the receiver’s mouthpiece and sending him to the ground. Adams lay motionless for several seconds before showing signs of moving but still had to be carried off of the field on a stretcher. The Packers’ offense argued with the defense for several minutes, almost resulting in a fight, before being separated by the refs and resuming play. Adams’ status is still in the air. But a big hit like this is always a cause for concern.

Brain injuries are a serious problem in the US. According to The Benton Law Firm’s website, around 1.7 million Americas suffer from a TBI every year. And the consequences of the can be devastating. A serious brain injury will have lifelong consequences, affecting everything from coordination to memory to language skills. Repeated TBIs, like those that might be suffered by an athlete in a sport such as football, can lead to even more serious consequences- mood swings, permanently impaired memory, drastic personality changes, and much more. And as a result, public perception of football has been slowly shifting.

So far, there hasn’t been much of an effect on viewership of the sport. But the NFL is still in trouble. Investigations over the past few years revealed that the organization had been conspiring to hide evidence of the damage the sport did to players. And despite taking some steps to try to limit the damage done to players, there’s still much controversy about if they’ve done enough. Take the injury to Adams. Despite what many people are calling a flagrant intentional hit by Trevathan, they have not taken any disciplinary action against them. Many people feel that if the NFL is serious about protecting its players, they need to impose harsher penalties on those responsible for serious injuries. What happens next is unclear. But no matter what, it seems like big changes are in store for the organization.

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