The Debate on Concussions

WHAT IT IS

WHY IT MATTERS

Concussions can lead to long-term brain damage such as the breakdown of brain tissue, memory loss, depression, anxiety, impulse control and death. Taking action against playing certain sports could result in less people partaking in the sport overall.

  • THE RELAXED ENTHUSIASTS – “Keep your head in the game”

    • Awareness: It’s important to raise awareness on the subject, but not necessary to prevent students from playing certain sports.
    • Gateway Ban: If we start banning football, what’s next?
    • Exaggerated Injury: The increase in concussions in recent years is due to increased awareness, not increased injury.
  • THE DYNAMIC PROTECTORS – “Brain over sport”

    • Not Worth It: Evidence suggests that football is more dangerous for the brain than any other sport. It is not worth damaging one’s brain to play it.
    • Safety First: Football and other such sports should be banned until new safety regulations are in place.
    • Inherently Violent: Football is too violent of a sport and will never be safe to play.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

  • Should a staple of American culture be diminished out of a concern for safety?
  • Should we leave it up to the individual to determine whether they want to partake in dangerous sports or enforce regulation?
  • How can we make contact sports safer without changing the rules of the sport?