Youth Football

“Concussion Hazards in Youth Football.” YouTube. YouTube, 17 Jan. 2012. Web. 16 Dec. 2012.

Like many other researchers Dr. Sanjay Gupta is concerned about the growing amount of concussions not only in professional athletes, but youth athletes. A group of CNN reporters followed a high school football team and watched for how concussions affected them. While following them the team lost many players to concussions. The amount of damage done to the players forced them to step out of the game they love for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta specially studied the brain and the damage that can be done from concussions. When you get a concussion symptoms that can and probably will occur are headaches, dizziness, and confusion; this all means your brain is not healed. The best thing to do is to rest and take time off from your sport. Although you should rest Dr. Sanjay Gupta has found out many do not. It is said that 40% of football players will keep on playing despite having a concussion. This is almost shocking to most people because you are putting your brain at risk of serious and maybe even permanent damage.
When I heard that 40% of football players keep on playing despite having a concussion I was shocked, yet not surprised. Being an athlete I understand how hard it is for young athletes to step out of the game they love to play. I also understand that your brain and life is also more important than one game of football or whatever sport you may play. The damage you do to your brain while you continue to play your sport can be life changing. Taking a couple weeks off from a sport sounds much better to me than having to stop playing the sport for the rest of my life.

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