NFL, Culture, & Concussions: An Inside Look

Iesha Wilcox

Dr. Arrington

ENGL 1102

20 September 2017

NFL, Cultural, & Concussions: An Inside Look

Imagine sitting in the Mercedes Benz Stadium watching an Atlanta Falcons game and all you hear is the crowd going “OOOOOO” from a hard hit that was giving out to an opponent. Every year thousands of athletes are affected by the sports-related concussions. Physicians have announced that there are three types of concussions. Concussions are classified as grades that medical professionals use to classify the severity of the athlete’s concussion. Grade 1 concussion is when the athlete goes into a brief daze and has a slight headache. Grade 2 the athlete completely fades to black, they do not know their location, name and other important information. Grade 3 is the most severe and causes psychological brain damage. NFL (National Football League) is the sport that has the most concussions. NFL Association, Parents, The teams medical committee, players families and the NCAA all take effect to a player getting a concussion.

NFL Association takes effect to a player getting a concussion because the team has to make changes around that player. When I say that, I mean that player could be their starting running back or starting safety, but due to the concussion they won’t be able to play so now they may have to switch up the team’s game plan to fit someone into their spot. Everyone has to make adjustments just so everything will see to be normal without the designated player in the game.

Just imagine sitting in the stadium or sitting at home watching the game and after a play is over you see your son laying out on the field hurt from a concussion. Your heart is pumping fast because you don’t know if he’s going to get up or not. Not only is the player affected, but his parents and his own family is affected also. I can actually speak out and say this is a fact. My brother, James Wilcox Jr, known as “JJ” has been a professional going on five years now. His first for years he played for the Dallas Cowboys. This will be his first year playing with the Pittsburg Steelers. During the time, he has been playing he has had two concussions. Watching those games where he received his concussions were so scary. We didn’t know if he was hurt really bad, or if he was breathing or not, just all different types of thought running through our mind at that time.

The medical committees job is to test the player out to see if he’s responsive enough to return back to the field. They make you answer questions, tell you to walk in a straight line and etc., just to see if your conscious. Making the mistake of letting a player back on the field when they shouldn’t be out there, is something the teams medical committee cannot do. It could get the player hurt really bad, and the committee could be in a lot of trouble.

So many parents are telling their sons to choose another sport to participate in because it has become so dangerous. They don’t want to crush their child’s dream of becoming that next Michael Vick or the next Dez Bryant, but they’re protecting them and watching out for their safety. Should football still be considered at sport at this point? Concussions is very serious and dangerous even though the players are passionate about the game and they’re employed to play it, I honestly feel as if it’s just not worth it.