Ever since I was born football has been a major part of life. I feel like I could throw a perfect spiral before I could even walk, complete exaggeration but still. My father is a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan along with the rest of my extended family so I am not shy to watching a good game on a Sunday afternoon. I have even spent years watching my two brother’s play football so I feel like at this point I am basically an expert. However, despite my extended knowledge regarding all things football one thing that always trips me up is the injuries due to football, especially concussions. A concussion is a type of brain trauma due a blow to the head that causes the brain to move quickly back and forth. This movement causes the brain to “stretch and twist” creating extensive damage. Football players are way more susceptible to this injury due to the manner of the sport. When a 200 some linebacker tackles you and your head slams to the ground there has got to be some damage. This damage is some serious business that could affect a player for the rest of their life. Web MD states that athletes who have repeated concussions are more likely to get long-term brain damage including a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease that resembles dementia. This leads me to wonder, when is enough enough? How many concussions are too many? A study from a Boston University neurosurgery professor states that it is not about the amount of concussions but the “total brain trauma.” Research suggests that if someone has already received one concussion, they are 1-2 times more likely to receive a second one. If they’ve had two concussions, then a third is 2-4 times more likely, and if they’ve had three concussions, then they are 3-9 times more likely to receive their fourth concussion and so on. These constant traumas have led to depression and death, with some cases not even being reported. The most common symptoms for concussions are headaches, dizziness, memory problems, cognitive problems, and somatic complaints. Due to it’s aggressive nature football is one of today’s leading reason’s for concussions and permeant brain damage. I concluded that while it is detrimental the amount of times you are concussed it is the amount amount of head trauma that really makes the difference.