No More Helmets In Football!
The battle between are helmets really safe in the National Football League as been going on for years now. This is the first time I have heard that football players shouldn’t wear helmets and players’ should just tackle differently. As a result, with no helmets in football, players will be more cautious of their head when going in for a tackle. I propose the NFL eliminates helmets. Players will soon learn to tackle differently or get hurt.
The brain is the most vital part of everyone’s body because it houses our neurons which allows us to walk, talk, and move. A single hard hit, or a series of smaller hits, can cause players to receive concussions, or a player becoming paralyzed, or worse. Football is a sport that players can get go into a game and after one hard helmet-to-helmet hit can cause them to end their career early. A collection of hard hit versus a one big hard hit can out weigh a hard hit because it can hurt a player later in his life. In the NFL, most of the players are getting hit in the head region every down because they have a big helmet that can get in the way of them trying to block their opponents from getting to their quarterback. In football, players with more than one concussions can be detrimental to their brain because their brain is getting worse, and worse with every hit to the hard.
Back then, players families sued the NFL for their negligence for a football players’ health. Over the years, NFL has taken better care of their players’ ever since the stories about the injuries that can occur with players’ lives after being in the NFL. For example, Junior Seau a famous linebacker made headlines when the world found out that he had shot himself in the chest at the age of 43. His family was devastated and sued the NFL after they found out about Junior Seau’s brain report. Studies showed that Junior Seau had “a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head hits and brain trauma.” Junior Seau’s family won the case and ever since that came out the people believe that the NFL has been trying to help make the game safer for the players. Sometimes a player doesn’t notify their coach when they have a concussion because they don’t want to be taken out of the game permanently.
American 7s football league (A7FL for short ) doesn’t allow their players to wear helmets. The number of players on the field is also a factor because of the amount of players getting hit every play. In A7FL, they only allow 7 people on each play, whereas, the NFL allows 11 players on the field. In A7FL. players they have a different way of tackling because they don’t use helmets. A defensive player has to wrap his arms around a other players’ body before make a tackle. Same as Rugby players who have to tackle their opponents to the ground. When football players wear their helmets it can cause them to put their body at more dangerous situations than if they didn’t have any helmets. If they didn’t have helmets on they would want to protect their head as much as possible or if they didn’t protect their head it could lead to a career ending injury and their life will changing dramatically. Helmets can make players’ think they are indestructible because they have all of this protection around their body. Football players misconception is that they are protected from hard hits because of the padding that they have on. A football players is taught to use their shoulders to make a correct tackle, but the tackle can be hard for players to get their arms around their opponent because they have a big helmet on their head.
Steven Laurey is Belgian neurologist who went on Ted talks to speak about the dangers of having hits taken to the head. Throughout his speech he uses Muhammad Ali (The greatest boxer of all time) as an example of what happen to a person that spend years in a sport that has athletes taking punches to the head and face. His main concept is that athletes that get hits taken repeatedly to their head can cause the nerves in their brain to stop working over time because of how many time the brain has hit against the wall of the skull. He shows the audience that after getting hit in the head some many times an athletes can form an abnormal prudent that is toxic to the brain and over time it gets worse and worse causing the athlete to slowly turn into an insane person. He states that there isn’t a cure for the disease. Our brain just continues to get smaller and smaller over time and causes for more diseases to occur.
Helmet to Helmet contact is a very serious situation because a hard hit to the head cause two players to lose consciousness and they can be out for the remainder of the season or even worse ending their career. Some players don’t tell their coaches that they have a concussion, but players should definitely let their coaches know about their concussion because not letting anyone know can cause more harm than good For example, what if the concussion is worse than what the player thought it was be. Their brain may get worse over time and cause the player to be mental rehabilitated. Thomas Drysdale talks about how football players suffer from Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He shows how doctors say that this disease can be caused by the repeated hits to the head and how this disease can lead to a football players’ death. He gave two examples of linebacker Junior Seau and Chicago Bears’ star safety Dave Duerson both suffered from CTE and need up ending their own lives.
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