Head injuries in sports

Head injuries in sports have been becoming more and more prevalent.  Whether it is because they are being watched more closely nowadays or if it is just that every sport is becoming more and more rough.

The first example comes from the NHL where Sidney Crosby, arguably the best player in the game right now and the face of the league has played in only 8 games this year and he missed the almost the entire second half of the season last year due to lingering concussion-like symptoms.  Will Crosby ever be able to come back to the league or will he be a player whose career gets cut short because of the head injuries.  There have been players in the past whose careers have been cut short due to concussions, for example, longtime Philadelphia Flyer Eric Lindros had to retire much early than expected because of concussions.  In his career, he was thought to have suffered over 8 concussions.  This is many more than Crosby has endured and Crosby has missed many more games than Lindros did after one of his concussions.

The next example comes in the NFL.  The NFL can easily been seen as one of the most dangerous sports when it comes to head injuries because of the size, speed, and aggression that most players play with.  Even with the new rules in place that are supposed to protect players from head injuries there have still been a continuing amount. The latest example was the Browns Colt McCoy, who was hit in the head by the Pittsburgh Steelers James Harrison during Thursdays game.  McCoy sustained a concussion that was not diagnosed until after the game, and now James Harrison has been stuck with a one game suspension without pay because he is a repeat offender. Harrison has been involved in giving at least two other players concussions during the games.

This recent increase in concussions could be due to the fact that there has been more research on concussions and the effects of multiple concussions.  So now there is no more of just “getting your bell rung,” shaking it off and just continuing to play.  Now if “your bell gets rung” than you are going to have to sit out for a few days at the least and take many tests to make sure that the symptoms have gone away before they can play.

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