Football is one of the most popular sports in the world. It is played in a lot of different ways, fashions, and other countries. It can be a very brutal sport with players hitting at the intent to hurt one another. With these intents come great consequences. In recent years the head injuries involved with this brutal game play have been getting uncomfortably high. Many rules have had to be enforced for player safety, because of the increase of head injuries resulting in tragic effects on players both old and new. One of the injuries that have had the most devastating effects is the concussion.
Concussions are an injury that falls under the Traumatic Brain Injury category. A concussion occurs when a force causes the brain to rock back and forth inside the skull, and hit the interior walls of the skull. When this happens it can result in bruising on two parts of the brain, the Coup and the Countercoup. This may result in Loss of consciousness, confusion, headaches, nausea or vomiting, blurred vision, and loss of short-term memory. I know from experience the nausea and blurred vision. I noticed that during what I thought was a concussion though after the initial hits my ears would ring and give me very painful headaches.
On average most football players experience a concussion 3.4 times a season according to a survey in Pennsylvania conducted by Dr. Wayne Langburt. His studies concluded forty-seven percent of the players that participated in the survey claimed they had experienced a concussion. Most of these are unreported by players to coaches, which is very dangerous and risky.
I myself have endured concussions both unreported. Football has been the main reason. This year, I hit another teammate during practice helmet to helmet. I remember hearing high-pitched noises and things went white. I woke up on the ground with my coach standing over me, I asked what happened and he said I “Hit Nick helmet to helmet.” I went home and just felt clueless to everything; I didn’t comprehend things like I could. My own home felt like somewhere I had never been before. After that, I took a blow to the head numerous times during a soap scrimmage, and two days after got hit in the head again by a basketball that was thrown very hard. After all this I never got help because I did not want to let my team down.
In Christopher Nowinski’s book “Head games” he talks about a player named Adam Melka, a fifteen-year-old linebacker. He was playing football and came to the sideline dizzy and vomiting after a blow to the head, he was taken to a hospital for further examination, and ended up having emergency brain surgery. The team and its coaches were confused as to why this had happened, because the last hit he had received was nothing very eye opening. His father asked to see the game film. His father also thought the hit before he came out was not exceptionally violent, but he noticed a hit he had earlier. The hit left Melka visibly shaken “You could see him go onto...