Sports

Head Injuries

Those Friday night lights are something we will remember for the rest of our lives but are they as much of a fairytale as we make them out to be? For the ones that sit in the crowd, cheering, it is a social gathering to have fun with friends and connect with others over the latest gossip of the week. However for the ones down on the field, these Friday nights are causing a slow, yet detrimental problem. This problem is brain trauma, caused by repeated head injuries. No matter how often the football players say they are “fine” or that they’ll “just walk it off”, we must understand that they are not “fine”. We must realized the contrary: that they will be suffering with the injury that they thought the could “just walk off”. If we keep letting our youth carry on like this, progressively destroying their brains for a few years of glory, we will basically be sending their brains to the slaughter. It’s not just in high school football, that is just an underlying issue, the real problem is in the NFL. “Now, one of the largest studies on the subject to date finds that 110 out of 111 deceased NFL players had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)”(Time Magazine). If we do not hear this as a cry for help to our youth, we are practically asking to have their brains be turned to mush.

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