The NFL receives the highest television ratings of all pro sports, and football continues to have the highest rates of participation for high school boys in the country (compared to other sports), yet the dangers of playing the game have never been more visible. As a result, parents are hesitant to give their kids permission to play. The irony of this safety ‘enlightenment’ for the game of football is that coaches, community leaders and companies are stepping up to plate to deliver solutions that make the game safer than ever before.
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There’s more evidence to suggest that NFL players deal with the potentially fatal effects of football on their bodies long after their last career tackle.
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Yesterday, former UCLA football player John Lopez filed suit against the NCAA, UCLA, Jim Mora, Adrian Klemm, and head football trainer Anthony Venute claiming, according to TMZ, “they didn’t do enough to protect him both before he suffered concussions and afterward.” He is also saying that he suffered “short-term memory loss, depression and ‘drastic changes in his demeanor.’” while claiming that the effects from the head injuries caused him to attempt to commit suicide in December 2016.
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In 2012, a professional football player named Junior Seau was found dead, as a result of a suicide. The story of his death has brought an under the radar issue to the forefront, and since then has led to a number of changes in the way the game of football is played.
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