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Dear Editor:

Nowadays sports injuries are becoming too common and are becoming more and more gruesome and some of them could end an athlete's season and they don't even have to be touched.

But my main problem with sports is the amount of head injuries per year. In 2012, there was an estimated 3,800,000 concussions in sports alone, and those were just the ones reported. I understand, people want to play sports and be more apart of the schools and communities teams. But whenever I see someone show symptoms of a head injury and refuse to see the trainer, it really makes me mad. By doing that they are risking their future and most of all their life. Enough head trauma can cause the development of CTE and other brain diseases.

The thing is, I play sports, I understand the risk of getting any injury, but the one that should scare people the most is a concussion. A few weeks back I was diagnosed with a moderate to severe concussion during football practice and they are very hard to deal with, especially with school going on. When you have a concussion, it is very hard to remember and you always feel like you are in a “daze.”

But whenever I see my fellow teammates get hit or hit someone, they joke around about having a concussion, I don't find it funny because they are real and they are very scary. Recently, I have been talking to some of my teammates and roughly 40 percent of people said that they have had a concussion, but wouldn't go to the trainer about it. That to me is a huge issue.

Aydin Butler

Shippensburg

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