In the past few years, the National Football League (NFL) has dealt with considerable controversy regarding the effects of head injury with its professional football players. Head injuries suffered during hard contact sports have now been connected to many psychological issues such as depression, dementia, substance abuse, changes in personality, and even suicide. Concussions suffered in the NFL and at the collegiate level are not the only concern; in fact, many high school and younger-aged athletes are suffering from football-related injuries as well. In order to ensure the safety of professional and amateur football players, adjustments must be made to current Return to Play (RTP) guidelines and their application, including providing proper medical attention on the field and the overall attitude toward protection against potentially harmful brain trauma.

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