The Life-Threatening Effects Of Football On The Body

Hey there and welcome to Life Noggin! Have you ever wondered what the effects of
American Football are on the body? Now I’m not talking about the effects of
all those deliciously greasy foods you eat during the big game, No, I’m talking about
what Football does to the bodies of the players. Grab your helmets, this could get rough. Red 27, Red 27…Hike! Let’s start by taking a look at one of the
most important parts of our bodies; our noggins. One of the biggest risks a Football player
has to their brains is a concussion. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that
alters the way a person’s brain functions. Their effects are usually temporary, but they
can include headaches and problems with your memory, balance, and coordination. They often occur from a blow to the head,
but they can also happen from a blow anywhere else due to the head and upper body being
violently shaken from the force. Helmets are meant to help prevent against
concussions, but players can still suffer from them even if they are wearing one. They sure do make my noggin look bigger though! But are concussions the only risk to a player’s
brain? Well, according to a recent Danish study,
people that get a brain injury, like a concussion or a skull fracture, are at a far greater
risk of developing mental disorders than those that don’t have head injuries. The risk increased by over 50% for conditions
like depression and schizophrenia, with the risk for organic mental disorders increasing
by over 400%! With concussions making up a little over 7%
of all injuries in college football players and there being over 270 recorded concussions
in the NFL in the year 2015 alone, that’s quite a lot of injuries to further the risk
of Football players having mental disorders! What about other parts of our beautiful sea
of atoms? According to the NCAA, the knee is the most
common location for injuries in collegiate football players and ligament sprains are
the most common injury. Other physical injuries that Football players
may be prone to are torn hamstrings, dislocated shoulders, and ACL injuries. Injuries can be easy to spot, what about more
chronic problems? It may not be as evident as a physical injury,
but Football players seem to have an issue with obesity and weight management. In a recent study, it was found that every
year from 1942 until 2011, players at all positions, from quarterbacks to linebackers,
have gotten increasingly heavier. Linemen showed the greatest change, with an
average increase of almost 100 pounds on their supportive skeletons over the span of the
study! They had about an 11% increase in body fat. But the issue isn’t just for active players. Another study looking at over 500 retired
NFL players found that almost 60% of linemen had metabolic syndrome, compared to the national
average of about 20%. Taking a page right out of Newton’s notebook,
No not that newton! Yeah that one! the greater the mass of a player,
the more force they can potentially create. But this extra mass can be quite the hindrance
to retired players. Heavier individuals tend to have higher blood
pressure, higher risks of heart disease, and a greater chance for metabolic disorders like
Type 2 diabetes. After being used to the lifestyle choices
that seek a heavier weight during their career, it can be difficult for players to slim down
once they retire from the field. So it sure seems like American Football is
one dangerous sport! But they sure are a great band, am I right? Did anyone get that? Let me know in the comments below which Football
team you’re rooting for and who your favorite gridiron warrior is. Make sure you come back every Monday for a
brand new video. As always, I’m Blocko and this has been
Life Noggin. Don’t forget to keep on thinking!

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