Warrior Culture Essay

Submitted By nyasia13
Words: 617
Pages: 3

Imagine being a star football player about to hit the touchdown line and BAM! The opposing team biggest player sends you head first into the ground. You have 2 choices stay in the game or sit out. your team needs you and your coach is always ranting about “no PAIN no GAIN“. So, you decide to stay in the game and play through the pain. This scenario happens all the time, the no pain no gain mentality is harmful to young athletes. Everyday many athletes are hurt and that one injury changes and their life forever. Take Zach Lystedt for example zach took several blows to the head and still played in the game. Zach didn’t want to sit out because he didn’t want to let his team down. During that one game he got 2 concussions those 2 concussions changed his life forever. Five years later zach now suffers from brain damage. He is under 24 hour watch and care. Also, he is currently in a wheelchair. These injuries also affect athletes later in life. Take Andre Waters as an example. Andre Waters was a respected star football player from 1984 to 1995. After retirement he became deeply deprresed and shot himself.An examaination of his brain linked to brain damge caused by repeated concussions sustained during his career. These injuries can also lead to hurting your self and others. For example wrestler chris benoit he killed his wife,son and himself. Later on his brain was examined and by Julian Bailes, the head of neurosurgery at West Virginia University, and results showed that "Benoit's brain was so severely damaged it resembled the brain of an 85-year-old Alzheimer's patient."He was reported to have had an advanced form of dementia, Bailes and his colleagues concluded that repeated concussions can lead to dementia, which can contribute to severe behavioral problems. This helps me understand why this might be the reason why benoit went rampage and killed his family. Many concussions are unreported because of warrior culture. This means that everyday athletes are getting hurt and not telling anyone because of not wanting to let the team down. Michael McCrea and Thomas Hammeke interviewed 1,532 varsity football players from 20 high schools and found out that of the 1,532 football players only 47.3 percent of the players reported their injury. 64.4 percent