NFL Players Hide Injuries to Keep Playing
According to a recent study, about 23 NFL players admit they hide their injuries in order to keep playing. More players seem to agree with Maurice Jones-Drew's opinion to hide the injuries. He said, “I would hide it because I have to put food on the table.” He further added that he hates being yanked out of the game. “No one wants you to be a part of their team knowing you cannot stay healthy, and I knew that someday, I am going to have difficulties walking straight,” Drew said. He added that the game inherently has some risks, and this is what he signed up for. He further added, “You should not be playing football if you do not want to get hit, because it is a part of the game.”
23 out of 44 NFL players seemed to have the same reply as Drew’s stand. According to the Associated Press, more than half are willing to hide concussions and other injuries to stay in the game. While some admitted that they have been injured, half of the entire number of players wanted to conceal them. In addition to that, more than two thirds of the players wanted to consult independent neurologists who are present during the games. Some players relied on their instincts and completely ignored warnings about the effects of repeated head to head hits.
A study was conducted these past two seasons in order to determine the players’ attitude towards concussions. More than half of the players now have a better understanding of the seriousness of the injury. The study included eleven reserves, nineteen on defense, 25 on offense, and thirty three starters – all participants of the last three season’s games. More and more players are becoming aware of the long term effects of consistent head to head hits. Last 2009, five players also tried to conceal the injury, and now felt the effects and are trying to seek professional help.
The issue has been in the NFL for a while, and many players, especially younger ones, agreed that they would do the same – to hide it. The sad news is some players are aware of the repercussion of head injuries and yet they just ignore them. More players suggested that a thorough research about concussions should be done. Other players said that, educating young players about brain damage caused by concussions is necessary.
AP conducted comprehensive interviews and learned that the opposing views created more issues about the injuries. More participants feel that it is possible to protect the players from the effects of head to head collisions by advancing the helmet and mouthpiece technology. Authorities did everything to convince players to seek independent neurologist, in order to counter, if not minimize the effects. According to Stanford Routt, “This is the arena where you can assault people, legally.” The Super Bowl committee, however, are confident that things are better handled now, than in 2009.
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