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Damar Hamlin & The Affects of American Football on Black Men

The physical injuries and toll on the human body and the past insults of the NFL towards Black players

By IwriteMywrongsPublished about a year ago 3 min read
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Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest during a live Monday night football. Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin is currently in critical condition in a hospital in Cincinnati after suffering cardiac arrest during Monday 2 January 2023 football game.

Players took to the field to say a prayer after Hamlin was removed from the field. Paramedics and team doctors performed CPR on Damar Hamiln as he laid on the ground. Hamlim had just tackled a player on the field when he rose to his feet only to fall out, flat onto his back.

Screenshot from Monday Night's Football Game

Sadly millions of American children play tackle football starting at the young age of 5 years old. Many used to prefer the non-contact version of the game called 'flag football'. Which kept hard physical contact away from the sport for the youngest players.

Many leagues introduce tackle football for players as young as five (5) years old, but some organizations recommend measures to avoid head impacts until later ages.

The brain is undergoing critical developmental processes during childhood and adolescence that may be compromised by repeated hits to the head. Young athletes tend to have weaker necks and torsos, which may make them more susceptible to these types of hits. However, other experts advocate learning to tackle properly while young - when players’ body weights and the forces of impact are generally less - is preferable for preventing injury when players are older.

The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t specify what age is appropriate to start tackle football, but DOES indicate the following; “Delaying the age at which tackling is introduced to the game would likely decrease the risk of these injuries.”

Source: Xenith

Judge approves fix to stem race bias in NFL concussion deal

PHILADELPHIA -- Black retired football players who were denied payments for dementia in the NFL's $1 billion concussion settlement can seek to be retested or have their claims rescored to eliminate racial bias in the testing and payout formula, under a revised plan finalized Friday.

Outrage over the use of "race-norming" in the dementia testing -- which assumed that Black people have a lower cognitive baseline score, making it harder for them to show mental declines linked to football -- forced the NFL and players' lawyers back to the negotiating table last year.

The revisions could allow many retired players to resubmit their claims and add $100 million or more to the NFL's legal tab. The NFL, through the fund, has paid out more than $800 million to date, nearly half for dementia claims. The dementia awards average about $600,000.

Source: NFL

Thousands of retired Black professional football players, their families and supporters are demanding an end to the controversial use of "race-norming" to determine which players are eligible for payouts in the NFL's $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims, a system experts say is discriminatory.

Former Washington running back Ken Jenkins, 60, and his wife Amy Lewis on Friday delivered 50,000 petitions demanding equal treatment for Black players to Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia, who is overseeing the massive settlement. Former players who suffer dementia or other diagnoses can be eligible for a payout.

Under the settlement, however, the NFL has insisted on using a scoring algorithm on the dementia testing that assumes Black men start with lower cognitive skills. They must therefore score much lower than whites to show enough mental decline to win an award. The practice, which went unnoticed until 2018, has made it harder for Black former players to get awards.

Source: CBS News

Of the big four professional sports leagues in North America, the NFL and the NBA have the highest percentage of African American players. In 2021, around 58 percent of NFL players were African American, as well as almost 35 percent of assistant coaches.

Source: Statista

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IwriteMywrongs

I'm the president of a nonprofit. I've lived in 3 countries, I love to travel, take photos and help children and women around the world! One day I pray an end to Child Marriages, Rape and a start to equal Education for ALL children 🙏🏽

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