Concussions in Pro Sports: Overview

Flynn, Simone Isadora
June 2019
Points of View: Concussions in Pro Sports;6/30/2019, p1
Professional athletes--particularly boxers, football players, hockey players, race-car drivers, and professional wrestlers--risk concussions and concussion-related brain damage from participation in their respective sports. While concussions have always been part of professional sports as a vague "sports-related injury," passed off as simply "getting your bell rung," the growing incidence of concussions and the increasing understanding of their long-term effects and severity have ignited an intense debate regarding how professional sports organizations should handle these injuries. The discussion has become complicated by the financial stakes for pro-sports leagues, the balancing of medical consequences for athletes and the pressure and corporate culture of winning, and fan investment and loyalty.


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