Neporent utilizes examples to back up her argument as well. Neporent wants to prove that CTE is a disease that many NFL players are being diagnosed with. “Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, has been linked to repeated head trauma and to former pro football player Junior Seau, the 20-season veteran NFL linebacker who committed suicide last year.” (Neporent, Liz). This example here supports Liz by giving a real life example of how the disease affects the NFL players and proves that it can be dangerous and lead to tragic events. Neporent also uses additional examples for the same point to solidify her argument. “Seau is the latest football player to commit suicide and later be diagnosed with CTE. Former NFL veterans Dave Duerson, Terry Long and Andre Waters all shot themselves to death and were later found to have the disease.” (Neporent, Liz). This quote exhibits Liz’s point once more and assures the reader how dangerous CTE can be and that this is a real issue. Liz wants to show the readers why there are more injuries and what’s causing them, but she needs to first prove that it is actually happening. Liz does exactly that by using these examples. Liz wants us to know that the players are staying in the game even after taking hits, which causes the injury to get worse. She uses Levine as an example to back this up as well. Levine talks about a specific player to prove this. “Levine referenced Zackery Lystedt, a Washington State middle school football player who suffered permanent brain damage after sustaining a concussion and returning to play.” (Levine, Jaime). This
3 Virani example here shows how repeated blows to the head are dangerous and how they can seriously affect the initial injury. Neporent uses professional organizations, documents and specialists in her article to show the reader the validity of her article. Liz uses studies from the National Institutes of Health to help the readers. “Two recent studies – one released by the National Institutes of Health Thursday
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