Concussions a Cause for Concern in Pro Sports

Posted on February 17, 2012 by


Injuries happen all the time in major sports. Whether it’s a leg in soccer, an arm in baseball, or a hamstring in football, injuries are just an unfortunate part of being an athlete.

Concussions are the most frequent type of traumatic injury in major sports. Out of all major sports, the NFL receives the most concussions.

In the 2010-11 NFL season, 49ers running back Brian Westbrook received a concussion and was sidelined for a couple of weeks with a serious concussion. His first game back, Brian received another serious concussion, which put his career in jeopardy.

The NHL ranks second in concussions among major American sports. Concussions have sidelined NHL superstars Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk, and Danny Briere just on the Philadelphia Flyers alone. The face of the NHL, Sidney Crosby, has also been out for over a year with post-concussion symptoms.

Can the NFL or NHL do something more to stop concussions?

“There is really nothing you can do about concussions. It is part of the game–they will always happen,” Sophomore Josh Ravel of Fleetwood Area High School said.

Both leagues have done all they can to control concussions. Both leagues have made hits to the head or hits with the intention to hit a player in the head illegal.

The NFL and the NHL have both suspended and fined players for blows to the head, but no real decline in shots to the head has been shown.

NFL player James Harrison is a repeat offender of blows to the head. He has been fined numerous times. On one incident, he was suspended one week for a hit in Week 14 to the head of Browns’ Quarterback Colt McCoy.

“Concussions [stink], and you can’t prevent them from happening in sports,” Ryan Steward, a junior at Fleetwood Area High School, said.

Concussions are a serious matter and are the part of the risk you take while playing sports.

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