Abstract youth sports injuries.

by BrandonGingras320 on November 20, 2013 - 11:28am

I believe that the consequences for those who seriously injure other players should be quite severe
for the fact that these injuries can carry harsh effects. With more and more kids getting hurt playing sports this issue is getting more severe.

In sports, the negative effects of injuries such as concussion or injure to the knee can be long lasting and permanent damage. Some of the permanent damage of concussions ca be memory loss, fatigue and constant headaches. The development of severe arthritis can occur within joints do to the over use of these joints through sports. In youth sports today the rate of young athletes getting hurt out on the court or field has risen and more and more kids are being put out of sports because of this. David Kerr, once a high school athlete, will never be able to play serious sports again due to a series of head injuries.

What I've learned so far from this research paper is just how many kids in today’s youth sports are getting hurt playing the sports they love, what steps are being done to help prevent these injuries from happening and the amount of awareness people are bringing to this once easily over-looked issue. What I hope people take away from this paper his how to help kids prevent these serious injuries and how to bring more awareness to this issue.

Harvey, Hosea H. Reducing Traumatic Brain Injuries in Youth Sports: Youth Sports Traumatic Brain Injury State Laws, January 2009-December 2012. American Journal of Public Health. Jul2013, vol. 103 Issue 7, p1249-1254. 6P. 2 Charts.

This peer-reviewed article show what laws in which states have have been put into place and how they will
help reduce the number of youth sports injuries.

Marshal, Cameron M. Sports-related concussion: a narrative review of the literature. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association. 2012, vol. 56 issue 4, p299-310. 12p. I Diagram, 4 Charts.

This peer-reviewed article brings attention the wide spread interest the media has on sports-related
concussions in recent years due to the long-term effects they potentially have.

Kane, Laura. Long-term effects of conclusions misunderstood: Toronto doctor. Thestar.com. Mon Jul 22 2013.

David Kerr, a former high-achieving high school athlete is no longer able to play serious sports due to the
many head injuries leaving him with constant headaches, memory problems and fatigue.


I am commenting on this post because I don’t know much about sport injuries. I find it interesting to know not only the short term effects of these injuries but the often forgotten, long term effects. I agree with your thesis because if punishments are more severe there are more chances that people will try to avoid causing these injuries to other players. I believe your goal is very good and that if people knew the more serious effects of injuries caused by sports, they would be more careful when they play them. I might seem like I don’t know much about sports because I don’t play any team sports and this can cloud my view. I might see solutions, that to some, might seem completely ridiculous. You might want to check your writing style. There are a few spelling and grammar mistakes in this post that can cause the reader to lose the meaning of the post. I know that in sports it is almost impossible to eliminate injuries because injuries will happen no matter what. I believe though that the amount of injuries can be reduced if injuries caused on purpose by others is punished more severely as you suggested. I find it especially important for kids to avoid injuries because as we can see at this link: http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/bones/growth_plate_injuries.html, injuries at a young age can cause growth problems. I believe your topic is very interesting and will have certain concepts that should be applied to sports.

There will ALWAYS be injuries in sports, whether they try to change the rules or not. Injuries are apart of the game as much as scoring is. Should players be more careful when playing the sport, knowing that a very severe injury is at risk? yes. But, that is something the player must realize on his on before getting into the sport. and if he cant realize what can occur to your body for the rest of your life, then i can guarantee you his sports career wont last to long... well maybe in golf!

I am commenting on this post because I have just recently written a blog post myself involving concussions. I was also drawn in by your information given on the consequences of sports injuries such as concussions. Your stance on this issue comes very interestingly to me as well. I believe there is a ethical dilemma within this situation. You believe that for those people who cause the injuries should face severe consequences but should they? Not all people may feel this way. It might depend on the situation of the injury. Perhaps the player didn't mean to harm his opponent or perhaps physical contact is a huge part of the game and avoiding being hurt is at most times impossible. It could of been an accident and in most cases it does end up this way. With sports involving much physical contact it is bound to happen at some point that someone would get hurt and we can't place the blame on one person. Unless that person clearly hurt you on purpose. For example, if you're playing soccer and you don't even have the ball but your opponent decides to trip you and you sprang your ankle. I just read about a case involving a formal NFL player and his past history with concussions that I think you will find interesting.


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