The use of performance enhancing drugs has also been found in other levels of football, including play at college level, and even high school play.  The most recent figures from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football drug tests show that one percent of all NCAA football players failed drug tests taken at bowl games, and three percent have admitted to using steroids overall.  In the NCAA, players are subject to random testing with 48 hours notice, and are also randomly tested throughout the annual bowl games.  The NCAA will usually take approximately 20 percent of the players on a football team to test on a specific day.  Anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs are also used throughout high school football.
Much can be done to prevent this terrible damage to the brain. Lawmakers are imposing new rules and regulations governing how kids should be assessed for concussions and when they should and shouldn’t be eligible to return to play. Football helmet manufactures are being pushed to redesign their product lines and reform the testing standards. NFL officials hope to introduce “smart helmets” and mouth guards in the near future. These are outfitted with accelerometers and radio frequency identification to measure the magnitude and location of the hit.
As a result of the seriousness and finality of this type of injuries every party involved in organizing and planning football game should take positive steps towards the reduction of and care for head and neck injuries . Furthermore , though the coach and athletic trainer are especially responsible for the prevention and care of head and neck injuries , their responsibility in this regard is affected by the team physician , equipment manager and the administration the efficacy of one is greatly influenced and dependent upon the efficacy of others . This paper therefore intends to discuss head and neck injuries in football from a wide perspective how it has been managed and reduced over the years and the treatment for the injury and after treatment , when it does occur . History and Statistics of Head and Neck Injuries in Football American football is generally agreed to have started early in the 1800s and as Cahill (2003 ) reports , the game then was without rules , padding helmets or officials and
The District of Columbia and the Chief Medical Examiner’s office established an injury surveillance system at all trauma units that treated residents between the ages of ten and nineteen. Generalization of medical records were completed for those admitted into the hospital, seen in the emergency department, or who died from sports related injuries between June of 1996 and June of 1998. Their findings included a population of two thousand five hundred and sixty three young athletes that participated in baseball / softball, basketball, biking, football, skating, and soccer. In all sports the rates were higher in boys. Being struck by an object, impaled into objects, and just a simple fall were the most common instances.
Concussions: Terrell (2004) defined concussions as a mild traumatic brain injury and occurs when the mental state of a person has been altered due to a direct or indirect hit to the head or surrounding area including the face or neck. STAR Rating: Rowson & Duma (2011) define the STAR Rating as “the Summation of Tests for the Analysis of Risk (STAR) equation relates on-field impact exposure to a series of 24 drop tests performed at four impact locations and six impact energy levels.” (p. 2130) Delimitations: This study will be delimited by the following factors: 1. Participants in this study will be delimited to college and high school football programs in the surrounding area. 2. Data will be collected from March 1, 2013 to March 17, 2013 or until enough data has been collected prior to March 17, 2013.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, within the past 10 years, almost 150 people have died from motorcycle accidents in the state of Idaho. Of these fatalities, over 60% were not wearing a helmet. A recent study (Orsay et al., 1994) published in the Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, estimates the use of a properly fitted and secured helmet can reduce the risk of death by over 25%, and reduce serious head trauma in a motorcycle accident by almost 35%. Yet many people still refuse to wear a helmet. The financial burden to society from these accidents is staggering.
Damaging a Young Mind Football although it may not be “America’s Past time” like baseball is it is still one of the most watched and appreciated sports that we have in this country. However, there are many problems that may not appear to the naked eye until in recent years. These problems don’t have to do with the lockout or how much money a player will get paid but it has to do with the injuries that the players are taking. When most people think of injuries they think on the side of a torn ACL or a broken arm but what these players are experiencing is much worse than that. What these players are beginning to experience is severe brain trauma.
It helps teaches the NFL players to become a better person and to influence other people such as youngsters to not get involve with any critical situation. I think the statement is there because it also helps challenge their lives and minds to any kind of obstacles they are heading towards to. I believe that this statement is strong towards the NFL players because it shows them that they also have goals and mission to accomplish just like everybody else. Not just to become a better person, but someone who can also impact a lot of people’s lives as
The main purpose of the position statement is to let the athletic trainer know the correct procedures in case an emergency was to happen. A position statement is a statement in which that states the importance of emergencies such as the correct way to exit an building if something was to happen, professional needs, legal needs, personnel, equipment, communication, transportation, venue location, emergency care facilities, and documentation. Every school that has athletes should have a position statement that should be handed to the athletic trainer. It’s required by the NATA (National Athletic Trainers’ Association). The professional need for emergency plans is required by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).
One consequence that football players face everyday is the risk of getting a concussion. Concussions are a major problem in the sport of football. Concussions are “a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works”(CDC). A concussion will get better over time but is never a good thing. After the original impact, the brain starts to swell in order to protect itself.