WHAT IT IS
- Recent studies reveal the damaging affects of concussions and have sparked debate over the safety of certain sports.
- The debates have introduced banning football and other sports from high schools.
- Members of Congress consider the issue a “matter of public health“.
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.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Neuroscientists suggest preventing students from playing football until they are at least 14.
- Concussions in the NFL have dropped since the start of the debates.
- New training programs have been introduced to encourage safer practices on the field.
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?