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Sports Induced Concussions Take A Terrible Toll

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So much has been discussed and written about the high incidences of head concussions among the athletes of today especially those who play football. Anyone who has worn a football jersey and played football out in the field knows the high risk of getting head concussions as part of playing the game. It has gained so much attention and has become a nationwide topic of concern that is why there were ways created to reduce the gravity of the problem. Panels have convened and discussed the possibility of changing the design of football helmets so that it will work more efficiently when used during the football game itself. Young players are very concerned that their bodies will not be able to withstand the trauma caused by impact of hard hits.

The recent passing of David Duerson, a popular football player, has attracted more attention to studying sports induced concussions. When Duerson committed suicide on February 18, he left several messages via text telling his family members that several of his problems like depression and diminished vision, speech and cognitive recognition were all due to the repeated concussions he received during his playing years with the NFL. He requested to have his brain examined in order to determine the extent of its damage and its likely cause. It was recorded that Duerson, prior to his death was deep in debt, it was also known that he suffered from depression and lost his mental functions. He suspects that he developed CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. It is a condition that usually develops among players who had multiple head concussions. It is a degenerative disease that shows up after several years after its first contact that triggers it and there is a high risk of football players developing it.

It is estimated that during a football player’s entire career, they may sustain over 1,000 hard hits over the entire duration of their play. Every hit potentially distributes 20 G’s of force. That is equivalent to injuries you receive when you are involved in a car crash.

Recently, NFL contributed to the CTE center in Boston, Mass., a 1 million dollar aid for the continuing study of this degenerative disease.