When one thinks of the sport football they usually think of the aggressive, hands on and exciting game that Americans love to watch, the sound of the tackles and the replays of the hardest hits create an intense atmosphere that most everyone loves.
However most people don’t recognize the other side of the game and the dangers that it brings, watching a replay of a hard hit knocking a player to the ground makes some wonder if they will be okay; however, more times than not the player gets back up and the game continues.
Yet, few wonder what head trauma they have gotten from the hit, and how this could affect their futures.
The scary truth behind football is beginning to become a nightmare for some, as more studies portray the lack of protection in a standard NFL helmet and more cases of depression, dizziness, diseases, memory loss and even suicide that have arose have become more of an issue than ever expected.
Safety of the players is something that is normally never questioned or second guessed, people often trust that the helmet it doing its duty in protecting the head, yet recent studies have brought about issues that some never imagined.
Four former NFL players have sued the league and its helmet maker, claiming they hid information about the dangers of brain injury.
They want medical care for past, current and future NFL players.
The family of Junior Seau also sued the NFL, claiming the former linebacker’s suicide was the result of brain disease caused by violent hits he sustained while playing football.
They claimed that Seau developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from hits, which was later proven through tests in which he was officially diagnosed with CTE, and accuses the NFL of ignoring and concealing evidence of the risks linked to traumatic brain injuries.
More than 4,500 former players had sued the league NFL over head injuries.
Norman Julius Esiason, a union representative with the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1980s, pointed out that the union could have pushed harder for player safety.
“I’ve never been one to shirk the personal responsibility aspect of all this, to that I do deserve some blame, I think the union deserves a lot of blame for not taking this issue seriously 25-30 years ago, It’s unfortunate we have to come to a settlement likes this,” said Esiason.
The problem with football helmets and player concussions runs much deeper than any settlement money can buy and the issue is rapidly growing.
Luckily people are working to find a solution to the issue of head injuries and player safety and make the game safer for future generations, yet it is still an ongoing battle and will linger until there is a safe solution.
The NFL has begun to promote awareness with the season beginning.
The NFL kickoff events are focused on safety and they are also testing new strategies; beginning with youth players and teaching them correct tackling techniques.
They’ve also been conducting tests to improve the helmets the NFL is using by utilizing the newest technologies and working to create a safer solution to eliminate this vast problem.