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Media Filtering: More Than Getting A Bell Rung

19 Jul

“I got my bell rung” used to be a phrase that could be shaken off and the athlete goes back in for another play. Not this time. Research of concussions has been growing and the results are not good. It’s affect every aspect of the athletic world. Below are a number of articles complied focused on the media’s reaction to concussions and why it is an issue that should not be ignored.

Kickoff returns dropped by 32% in the 2011 NFL season,
which decreased the number of concussions.

  • Concussion awareness is extremely important, according to USA Football. Knowing the signs and symptoms can save an athlete’s career and life. It’s also better to know how to prevent or lessen the severity of a concussion.
  • The Center of Disease Control and Prevention have resources for youth concussions, including information for athletes and parents.
  • About 2,000 NFL players and their families are suing the league after not know about the head trauma involved with the sport as said by ABC News and BBC.
  • According to the new NFL rules, Referees’ responsibility increase in order to protect the safety of football players in the NFL. They are to pay particular attention to the receivers who are in vulnerable positions and avoid above-the-shoulder tackles. The NFL expands more about this evolving situation.
  • USA Today reported parents, including Tom Brady, say keeping kids from playing football until a later age is a good idea. The article even talks about how the practice time for youth football leagues will be cut short.
  • The New York Times gathered the statistics of the at least 50 athletes (high school and younger) who died of concussions across 20 states in the U.S.
  • Second impact syndrome is a serious injury that could happen if the brain doesn’t fully recover from the first concussion. The Huffington Post reports on the story of Preston Plevretes, a linebacker for La Salle University’s football team, who suffered from second-impact syndrome after he was covering a punt in a game.
  • With the increase of concussions in football, The New Yorker asked if the sport still has a future.
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