Forgetting What We Have Forgotten

When you think about the NFL, you typically think about a billion-dollar company that is one of the largest and most successful in the country. This football tycoon seems to have everything under control and seems to have perfected all areas of football and the business of football, right? What could possible destroy this billion-dollar industry? Sadly it may be as simple as one word, concussions.

Concussions seem to be a relatively new problem, in the past 10 years; all every athlete hears about is concussions. Athletes are now not going to trainers or doctors with headaches because they are afraid it will be a concussion and they will have to stop playing. As discussed in the article, Concussion Memory Problem, Emily Harrison tells us that concussions have been a known issue that has been swept under the rug. She tells us that many people knew about concussions in the early 1900s and knew they were a serious health problem. However, the former city commissioner of Marshall, Texas says, “once a society gets to know something is unsafe, we forget there was a time we didn’t.” Although this may be a true quote, we cannot forget that there was a time we did know about the pains and risks of concussions.

In a culture where masculinity is strived for and desired it makes sense that something that could potentially ruin football would be brushed under the rug. As our culture grows and changes, so has our idea of masculinity. In today’s society, we now have a more modern look at masculinity and do not require it from our males all the time. Now advocacy groups have substantial infrastructure that hasn’t existed in the past, and they are able to speak about this growing and problematic issue. This change has allowed the concern about concussions to come forth and be heard, and not to be forgotten again.