Head Injuries in the NFL
by catherinefournier on February 2, 2014 - 2:22pm
Football players are known to develop neurological trauma such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease more frequently than the rest of the population. Rayfield Wright, a past player for the Dallas Cowboys and now a Hall of Famer, publicly declared for the first time that he suffers from dementia. He was scared to acknowledge this before because football is a sport where "you're supposed to be tough and invincible" and admitting that you are suffering would change the perception people have of yourself. Wright found out that he was not alone in this, 4,500 players have sued the N.F.L due to the danger of hits directed towards the head. This announcement awoke the great question of repetitive head injuries in football.
With the Super Bowl this weekend, this article is even more relevant. Since it is the most important game of the season, there is no mercy, it is all or nothing, you hit hard and well. However, those hits have great repercussions on a players life which is why there needs to be improvement in N.F.L regarding head traumas. After a player receives a hit, it is important for him to stop and assure himself that he did not just suffered from a concussion. Like Rayfield Wright said in the article "For a Cowboys Star With Dementia, Time Is Running Out" posted in The New York Times, he realized he suffered from a concussion on his N.F.L debut 40 years later. Also, players need to feel comfortable if they have an injury. We need to suppress the image of the invincible and almost non-human football player. I believe that the N.F.L needs to take this problem in their hands and change how they deal with it. Head injuries have destroyed the life of many players, which did not receive anything in return from the ligue. Finally, the N.F.L must accept that there is a problem with head traumas and stop trying to hide it.