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Outline Pattern: Topical Specific Purpose: At the end of my speech, the audience will be able to discuss the background of football and the issues of concussions within the sport. Central Idea/Thesis: Football at all levels has changed dramatically from what it used to be.
Gain attention/motivate audience to listen: Share story of regular Saturday morning watching son’s football game. Start with imagine and paint a picture so that everyone in the class can see it. Establish credibility: Tie the imagine scenario into the real story of Zackery Lystedt.
This is exactly what happened to promising athlete Zackery Lystedt in 2006 during a regular season football game, says source James Hamblin of the Atlantic Media Company. The thirteen-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at the end of a game (Hamblin). He immediately underwent emergency neurosurgery to relieve pressure inside of his skull (Hamblin).
Thesis and preview: State thesis for the first time and tie into the occurrence of this issue being the new information about head injuries and why the sport is headed down the wrong path.
Transition to the body of the speech: Zackery had not lost consciousness the first time he fell in the game, but his brain suffered a significant trauma that would change his future along with the future of the sport.
The History of the NFL.
Michael Oriard from the UNC Press states how, “It was created as a game to be played, not watched” (Oriard).
Transition to point B: As time as passed, the sports equipment has changed into what we recognize today. Initially, there was no need for helmets because the game was less physical. But as the game evolved so did the protective equipment worn by the players.
Transition to point C: . Unfortunately, the more they tried to protect the body with pads and helmets, the more these bodies became weapons on the field. If you observe the game of rugby today, you will see a direct correlation of what football was created from.
The brain floats unattached inside the skull that has ridges and shelf-like areas. The brain is a delicate organ, similar to the consistency of soft butter or slightly set gelatin. Any sudden movement with force can result in the brain sliding back and forth which can cause temporary and permanent cognitive damage (XLNT brain sport). Transition to conclusion (brakelight): Every hit to the head, whether considered a concussion or not, is dangerous because the brain is jolted around in the head with a chance of serious permanent damage.
Summary: As more stories and new findings come to the public’s attention about dangers and prevalence of concussions, parents, medical professionals, and even coaches are re-evaluating the future of the sport. The rules, the equipment, and the way the game is played is changing dramatically since the sport began. Closure: The issues of concussions and head trauma at all levels of football have become a huge issue and can be researched all over the internet and in person as most athletes have been concussed. Now the question is, will you let your kid play football?
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