Use Your Head; Is It Worth It?

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Calling All Sports Fans!

Kristen Valasek

Have you ever watched a football game, hockey, or any other contact sport for that matter? If you have, I’m sure that you have witnessed a brutal collision, and more than likely you have cheered it on. Americans, men in particular, love hits, fights, tackles, and checks. They encourage it, cheer for it, support it, and get upset when the fight is broken up. Not only does watching this aggression get adrenaline going, but it also boosts testosterone levels. We are encouraging something dangerous without directly noticing. We get so caught up in the intensity of the moment that we fail to realize the serious consequences that these actions come with.

With so many tackles, fightsfalls, and more that these athletes are enduring, concussions are bound to happen. However, this isn’t something that people directly think about when encouraging a fight or cheering when someone gets tackled. This is in part due to the lack of information that society today has about concussions and their dangers. It it also in part due to sports, they way they are taught; to tackle hard in football, and that fighting is generally okay in hockey. Though there is a supposed “right” or “clean” way to tackle in football, there is a lot of room for things to go wrong, as they often do. Testosterone also seems to have a huge impact, even for the fan. Every time that a hit is cheered on, it becomes more and more acceptable in sports. This means that concussions and head injuries are becoming more and more frequent. The problem is, people won’t be cheering when their favorite player is no longer able to play because of the damage that was done. Some people are seeming to notice this issue, and are “fighting” back against it. A teammate speaks up when he hears fans cheering for the injury of an opposing teams player. At least one person has noticed, so the issue has made it into the news, but no one seems to be acting upon it, understandably. This is a big issue that would take extreme time and dedication of everyone including fans, players, coaches, sports teams, and many more. I doubt that it will ever fully be resolved, because people don’t see cheering and injury as directly correlated. But if you think about it, if people acted disapproving of tackles and fights rather than encouraging, these instances would be fewer and farther fetched.

Now, maybe next time that you’re watching the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, or any other sporting event, you will think twice before cheering on something as dangerous as tackles and fights.

 

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