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Schools should pay for student athletes medical bills

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Started: 12/12/2014 Category: Sports
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Bsher

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Should College-student Athletes be Given Health Insurance?
The Big 12 conference recently signed several deals with Fox, and ESPN/ABC worth 2.5 billion dollars. The Big 6 conferences(Big 12, Big 10, Big East, Pac 12, Southeastern conference, and Atlantic coast conference) make enough money to pay for a couple of medical bills. Student-athletes spend lots of money for college and paying for medical bills from injury makes it very difficult to any bills. Schools catastrophic injury program should be extended to all injuries. Student-athletes who that get injured playing sports should have their medical bills paid for by the school.
Many schools do not make billions of dollars but most make millions and can afford to pay for their injured athletes medical bills. The Big 6 conferences signed deals with major television companies to televise major sporting that is worth a combined profit of almost 8 billion dollars. Most of the money made from those deals goes back into the school but none of it goes back to the football or basketball players that sold out a 30,000 seat stadium. Almost all schools have athletic trainers on the sideline of games and practice offering wraps, bands, stretches, rollers, etc. but the trainers do not help athletes when they tear there ACL and have to go to surgery. It is NCAA regulation that says all athletes have to have health insurance to play any sport, but they still have to pay for the insurance and what the insurance does not cover.
Schools should pay for injured athletes medical bills. Many people say "They signed to play and there are risks". Yes there are risks but, when you make millions of dollars in one weekend from a football game you could show the kid that filled the stadium some love. Football is definitely the most talked about sport when it comes to injuries and injury severity. Many athletes suffer from career-ending injuries like "Cal Schafer is working to restore his mangled left leg in time to play football at the University of Maine this fall..." Cal says "I don"t know anything about insurance all I know is I"ve gotten more mail this year than I"ve gotten in my entire life from the two hospitals" (When College Athletes Get Hurt 1). Even when schools offer catastrophic injury (spinal cord, brain damage, skull, and spinal fractures) policies, those injuries only account for a small amount of all injuries.
The catastrophic injury program should be extended to all injuries. Catastrophic injuries are very rare in sports and make up a small percentage of all injuries total. Over the last 5-years "there were 23 nonfatal injuries in the NCAA" (NCAA 1). The NCAA also says over 50% of all injuries are lower body can be the worst over time. Lower body injuries can end a season in one play, but a knee injury can cause arthritis in as little as 10 years, creating more problems later in life. Knee injuries can be very pricy to, just ask Cal Schafer.
Injuries sustained from playing college sports should be paid for by the school. Schools make millions of dollars from their athletes and should pay-it-forward by paying for the medical bills. The catastrophic injury program should be extended to all injuries not just big ones. Medical bills are very expensive to anyone especially college families because of college itself and should not have to put through the burden of pricey medical bills. College is the greatest thing any person can do for themselves. College is very expensive and lots of pressure. But injured athletes should be given medical insurance so they don"t have any added pressure.

Emmert, Mark. "When College Athletes Get Hurt, Whose Wallet Should Feel the Pain? - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram." The Portland Press Herald Maine Sunday Telegram When College Athletes Get Hurt Whose Wallet Should Feel the Pain Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2014
"Should College Athletes Be Paid?" Institute of Sports Law and Ethics, Santa Clara University (2012): 1-9. Print. "Should College Athletes Be Paid?" Institute of Sports Law and Ethics, Santa Clara University (2012): 1-9. Print.

Muse, William V. "Pay College Athletes." Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH) Sep 19, 2014, P. 10. Newspaper, 19 Sept. 2014. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

Hopkins, Jared S., and Alex Richards. "Schools Could Pay Athletes." SIRS. Chicago Tribune, 25 June 2014. Web. Nov.-Dec. 2014.
swagy_swagerson

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Sports are a privilege. No one makes anyone play sports. It is chosen. So therefore it is upon you if you get hurt or not. Schools would just eliminate there sports because they would lose to much money.
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