Anyone who engages in any type of sport or recreational activity generally understands the risks of getting hurt or injured. Football in particular has received much notoriety regarding the dangers of concussion injuries among players. Throughout football season, fans watch repeatedly as players take severe blows and are carried out on stretchers, only to return to the game mere weeks later. Among the various types of personal injuries that occur, head and brain injuries are among the most common and have the potential to cause serious and lingering aftereffects. Recent controversy in the National Football League has served to not only increase awareness of the problem regarding sports concussions, but also raises awareness of how often these types of injuries go unreported.
Controversy Over NFL Research and Concussions
According to a March 2016 report on sports concussion in the New York Times, research the NFL has conducted into the incidence of these types of injuries is drawing fire for failing to report the extent of cases that occur. Even with helmets, concussions and brain injuries are a major concern for athletes. Increases in public awareness have prompted accusations that the NFL and sports organizations in general fail to completely address the problems related to these types of injuries, and the ill effects they cause to players. Sources in the report stated that when it came to collecting data on how often these injuries occur, the NFL altered or suppressed the numbers. The long term effects and damages resulting from head injuries and concussions have become a serious liability in the sports arena, and the NFL was forced to pay out more than $765 million in settlements related to lawsuits filed by retired players who claimed the NFL covered up the risks players faced on account of these injuries.
How Concerns Over Concussion Injuries Affects Children and Youth Sports
It is not just pro football players who face significant risks of suffering serious and potentially disabling concussions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than two million people suffer from head and brain injuries each year in the United States, and many of those affected are children and young people. The rate of youth sports-related concussions has increased by nearly 50 percent over the last decade, prompting schools, recreation centers, and youth leagues to be more cautious and conscientious when dealing with these injuries. The CDC Heads Up program offers important tips for parents, coaches, and staff on how to identify the symptoms of concussion, guidelines for treatment, and information on how to know when a player is recovered enough to return to play. Failing to be aware of the impacts a concussion can have on an athlete could mean that school and community sports programs could be held liable for any injuries that do occur.
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