Solving the NFL’s Problem of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
Through the research of the Department of Veterans and Boston College, Frontline has published that 96 percent of NFL players who have died in the last decade, had the mental condition chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also know as (CTE). CTE can cause memory lost, depression and dementia. This is caused from repeated head trauma. To protect players, the league has changed rules such as the NFL concussion protocol, added better sideline treatment trying to be more proactive to players with trauma injuries to the head. Many say that the league has never been safer because of the new policies and rules in place now, to protect players with any form of a concussion injury. CTE can not be officially diagnosed until after death by running test on the brain, although players that are alive can go through brain scans to find signs of the disease.
With that begin said those who have said the NFL is becoming soft or weak. Do you understand why now?
Some Factors into Head Traumas
I think there are a lot of factors into the multiple head traumas or concussion that players face game in and game out.
One being the way they are tackledTwo being the helmets and equipmentThree is medical resourcesFour being the player and teams themselves.
Even though the league has put extreme penalties on players you show unnecessary roughness, or from tackling incorrectly, the concussions in the game still occur. Not saying that any players does something internal to hurt another player.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO PROTECT THE PLAYERS MORE?
I feel the best way to solve a bit of the problem is to do something about the helmets and equipment. If you notice when watching a football game players helmets come off all the time. For an example, in the first week of the 2015 NFL season, J.J Watt still sacked Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith after his helmet flew off his head. More players than not do not strap down these helmets like they are supposed to, which is causing them to come off very easily. I feel like there needs to be a mandatory rule making sure all helmets are strapped and stay on players. Not to sound as if you are playing with children but safety is safety.
Also I feel like the medical resources can not always trust what a player says. Some players get back in the game still injured, or hurting just so they can play the game they love often not admitting that they are still hurt from the hit that got them sidelined. If a players helmet comes off from any kind of hit, soft or hard during the game, should be checked to make sure they don’t have a concussion.
Yes everything I just said is extra work, but what is the price on a piece of mind and safety. Players have to have a life after football, and with a disease like CTE that is hard for most players affected to do. I feel like those little steps added to the current concussion protocol and helmet off rule will help players out a lot more. Call me sounding soft or like a girl all you want, but no one wants to lose their minds after they have already lost their career of playing football due to retirement.
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