Nfl Concussions

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Reece Quade
Mr. Brooke
English 3
Research paper
10 March 2013
NFL Rules
The new rules in the National Football League are changing the way the game is being played and the way it affects the players. One of the many ways it affects the players is benefiting their health, and that’s why most of the new rules are added into the NFL. There is an average of 128 concussions per year and about nine concussions per week. There are positive ends and negative ends of the whole situation that can make the game boring for the players and also the spectators. This also makes the game safer for the players in their long-term life from their kids to their own health. The NFL could be changing for the better, or for the worse of it.

First, player safety has always been the number one priority in the NFL since the first day it has came around. In the most recent years of the NFL they have been making more rules to immensely reduce the contact to the neck and shoulder area. This has been a good addition to the NFL to keep the players in the game longer. Concussions are a big cause of Alzheimer's disease. Another good reason for the new rules to protect the players is that the concussions can give the player’s future kids autism or Down syndrome.

One of the main causes of concussions in the NFL is the kick-off. That is because both of the teams are running full speed at each other and are trying to bust open wedges, and other blocks coming their way, with their heads. And because of this reason they moved the spot of the kick-off forward so that the kickers would kick it out of the end zone and cause a touchback so they players aren’t obligated to hit each other. They have also started to protect the quarterbacks a lot more than they have in the past by paying way more attention to where the defending player is hitting the quarterback.

Another way to prevent the concussions causing hits is to start fining the players that are doing the hitting....
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