Football has emerged as one of the most popular sports in America. And for many sports lovers, the love for a sport is developed by not only playing the game itself but by also watching the pros. We marvel at their skill level and ability to play against the world’s elite.
Players in the National Football League like Marshawn Lynch have the ability to run the football for long gains even after contact and it is amazing to watch. The NFL would be out of business if it didn’t garner attention from the world like it does today.
Football is one of the more physical sports out there which means that the probability of getting injured is higher compared to a sport like basketball. How many times are players asked by coaches and fellow teammates if they are willing to do anything it takes to win?
The hitting is the biggest part of the game of football. You can’t get rid of it or else it’s not football anymore.
I am not saying that football should be banned, but if these injuries continue to happen at an alarming rate, the sport will die on its own eventually.
People would still toss the ol’ pigskin around but no one will play tackle football unless leagues and perhaps technology comes with a better way to combat this problem.
However, the longer you play the game of football on a competitive level, the more exposed you are to suffering a career ending injury. The worst-case scenario is that you could be living the rest of your life paralyzed from the very game you love. Football is definitely not a sport that loves you back.
In comparison to athletes in other contact sports like ice hockey and boxing, The Sports Concussion Institute states that 75 percent of football players will suffer a concussion at least once during their playing career. So the longer you play, the more vulnerable you are to suffering multiple concussions.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 1.6 million to 3 million cases of concussions a year. Repeated blows to the head over time can lead to an individual to developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
When we were young we all felt invincible at one point but reality will set in. At the end of a bone crunching hit with a player lying motionless, whether you’re a player or spectator, the only thought in your mind is: Is he going to be okay? Will he ever be the same person again?
If football was not a big problem, there would be no lawsuits filed but there are. Which is not surprising at all.
Living a long healthy life is more important than temporary satisfactions of playing the sport and reaping the benefits from it. There is no game on this earth that is worth playing if your life and future could be put in jeopardy. Football is just a game.
There is more to life than football. You have four years of high school and college football. If you’re lucky then you can play 1-2 years of college ball before declaring for the draft in hopes of getting drafted by an NFL team.
Based on research conducted by the NCAA last season, there were 1,093,234 players that partook in high school football. Of the players that played football in high school, only 6.5 percent of those players played college ball. From there, your chances of being drafted let alone playing in the NFL is slim to none at 1.6 percent.
Even if you do get drafted and play in the NFL, it is not a career that you can sustain well into your 50s or 60s. You’re lucky enough to even play in the NFL and sustaining a career at a professional level for about 20 years is even more rare.
As noted by Dashiell Bennett of the Business Insider, the NFL reported that the average career length of a player who makes the opening day roster of a team in their rookie season is six years.
If you do suffer head trauma related injuries like concussions that lead to CTE, it not only affects you but your loved ones too. To see someone you know or love deteriorate and because of the sport they put so much hours into is heartbreaking.
With so many families heartbroken by events like these, when will it stop? When will more people care? Hopefully not when we lose another person to a brain-related injury.