Calling For Change
This paper addresses the recent concerns about concussions in the sport of football and elaborates on the medical findings, litigation, and ethical questions that have surrounded the issue. The goal is to present a compelling case for change in how concussions are viewed and handled in the sport. By using concrete examples to explain the lasting effects concussions have had on players after their careers have ended, I hope to show the need for change. I will explore the most recent developments of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in order to show its harmful reach and will touch upon litigation that has been filed by players who experienced post career problems. In addition, through the insight of current college players as well as referencing my own experience as a Division I College Football player, I wish to establish an emotional connection in the paper and unveil the roots of the problem – the toxic nature of the football culture. I am optimistic that this inquiry will help cultivate a culture change through a variety of approaches. First, I indicate the need for a transformation of the football culture. Second, I suggest a formal, mandatory education to inform players at all levels about concussions, subconcussive hits, and the potential diseases that can stem from. Third, I propose new penalties for players, coaches, support staff, and all involved in player safety in an attempt to further prevent head injuries. This thesis attacks the issue of concussions in football from all angles. It calls for the football community to accept the severity of concussions, educate on concussions, and prevent repeated concussions in order to prompt action.