does not mean that any other cardio workout does not promotes healthy living. Besides staying active, the foods that are consumed by adolescents should be regulated if Dr. Rothman thinks that childhood obesity is more important than traumatic brain injuries. He also argues that “men and women who suffer obvious brain injury are being left on the field. Meanwhile, too many teenagers who face little chance of long-term brain injury are being kept from playing in healthy organized sports out of an excessive sense of caution”. Most of the men and women who are being left on the field choose to be left on the field because they are passionate about their sport. They do not notify their coaches, or their coaches care too much about winning to pull them out of the game. The only people that should determine if the players should be taken out of the game are doctors. Hannah Nichols believes that doctors have an ethical obligation to educate and protect athletes from sports concussion and only give an athlete the "all-clear" to play when medically ready (Nichols). High school athletes, particularly football players, have been found to
Michalopoulos 9 suffer from post-concussion syndrome, CTE, and other long-term brain injuries as a direct result of repeated hits to the head (Nichols). Until Dr. Rothman and others provide concrete facts supporting their side of the argument, parents should continue exercising caution before putting their children at risk. No one should ever under-react to any type of head injury, especially minor ones that occur at a young age. Athletes, coaches, parents, and athletic directors should educate themselves about the long term effects of concussions if they go untreated. In high school athletics, the ImPact Test is ineffective because athletes can cheat their way through the system in order to return back to their game without being fully recovered. Even though most athletes believe that a high-tech helmet can prevent concussions from happening more easily, this is false. It only makes athletes think they can use their head as a “weapon”. This tackle technique needs to be stopped in order for all athletes to conserve their brain and protect it from long-term damage. In the meantime, athletes and coaches should not only rely on the ImPact Test for concussion treatment. Once an athlete receives any sort of blow to the head, they should not return to their sport until they have contacted a functional neurologist who can perform subjective neurocognitive tests, like the VNG. Everyone needs to be educated on the dangers and effects of concussions. Education is key for change to occur, and it is my ultimate goal to educate. Works Cited Addison Wellness. "Home - Illinois Neuro and Physical Rehabilitation." Illinois Neuro and Physical Rehabilitation . Web. 12 Mar. 2016.
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