NFL Head Injuries: A Featured Controversy from Issues & Controversies

NFL Head Injuries: A Featured Controversy from Issues & Controversies

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NFL HEAD INJURIES: Is the National Football League (NFL) Doing Enough to Address Head Injuries?

Is the NFL doing enough to prevent head injuries? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this divisive issue. Here is a sample of the pro/con arguments on both sides of the issue.

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The National Football League (NFL) has recognized and responded to the dangers of head injuries by adjusting rules to avoid unnecessary head collisions, adopting and enforcing stricter injury protocols, and investing in helmet technology. Though these changes have made the game much safer, professional football is a high-intensity contact sport, and athletes who choose to play are well compensated and must bear some responsibility for their own health. A surfeit of research has conclusively demonstrated that head injuries sustained by NFL players can lead to debilitating, chronic brain disease and dementia. The league has prioritized profit and showmanship over player safety and must make more changes to prevent unnecessary head trauma that ruins the lives of players and their families. Unsafe practices occurring in the NFL will inevitably be emulated by younger high school and college players.

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