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Football Season Approaches With Continuing Concussion Concerns

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The calendar indicates that we are fast approaching the time for football season to get under way. While many of us are thrilled with that notion it is a cause for concern for many others. Every year football season brings excitement, anticipation, and unfortunately new incidences of concussion. Presently the NFL is involved in a one billion dollar settlement involving former players who have developed debilitating diseases stemming from the concussions they received while on the field. The settlement covers approximately 21,000 athletes who have retired from the National Football League. Sadly, it is expected that a third of these players will develop Alzheimer’s or dementia at some point in their lives as a result of the injuries they sustained while playing professional football. Others are likely to experience the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
It is undeniable that the sport of football brings a lot of joy into the lives of those who participate in playing it and for millions who are thrilled to watch it being played. Sadly, the joy does not come without a price tag. It is heart breaking to know that the lives of so many of those gifted athletes are jeopardized by playing the sport they so dearly love.`