Concussion -Issue Proposal

Concussion is a 2015 movie that brings to light the issues of football-related brain trauma in former NFL football players.  The movie is about a neuropathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu,  who made the first discovery of CTE, a football related brain trauma, in a former NFL player and fought for the truth to be known.  The doctor’s quest to make this public knowledge put him at odds with one of the most powerful businesses in the entire world, the National Football League.  The issue with the movie from a societal standpoint is that football fans love seeing big hits during football games but now realize that this can cause concussions which can affect a players health in the future.  These future health issues may change how the game is played and how the game is watched by its fans and players.  The big question that everyone wants to know is how will the discovery of CTE affect how the NFL is played in the future?

As an avid football fan and former athlete it is always compelling to me when societal issues affect a sport that I love.  I love the way the game of football is played today and don’t want it to turn into a game of two hand touch.  It will be interesting to me to see how some rules may change over time to compensate for the head injuries that may occur during the violent sport.

I know that concussions are caused by violent hits to the head.  These issues have lead to later health issues in former players that have lead to early death in some places and others having issues like memory loss and headaches.  These issues are being treated currently during the game with a concussion protocol that has been enforced by the league and is monitored by outside doctors.  Players cannot return to games until they pass a certain test.

The issues are in its infancy and there is much more to research and learn from a societal standpoint.  To me it is difficult to determine if the effects are really caused by hits during a football game or by some other cause.    I think the players and fans need to be more educated on the matter so that everyone understands the importance of this issue and the changes that it may bring to the game.

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Will Smith starring as Dr. Bennet Omalu

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