Introduction to Sociology/Sociology of Sports

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Gender and Sports[edit]

Recent research suggests that there are no differences in sports-related concussions between men and women. Some had suggested that the increased participation of women in a variety of sports may be of concern because it was believed women suffered more serious effects from sports-related concussions. However, that does not appear to be the case as the effects of concussions were largely the same for men and women.[1]

Long Term Effects of Professional Athleticism[edit]

Retired NFL players use prescription painkillers at substantially higher rates than does the general public in the U.S.; 7% of retired NFL players vs less than 2% in the general public.[2] This is largely due to long-term pain resulting from injuries during their time as professional athletes. Abuse of prescription narcotics is particularly high among offensive linemen.[2]

References[edit]

  1. Zuckerman SL, Solomon GS, Forbes JA, Haase RF, Sills AK, Lovell MR. Response to Acute Concussive Injury in Soccer Players: Is Gender a Modifying Factor? Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics
  2. a b Cottler, Linda B. et al. n.d. “Injury, pain, and prescription opioid use among former National Football League (NFL) players.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence In Press, Corrected Proof. (Accessed January 29, 2011).