Getting nerve damage is a serious problems, particularly in the US. Americans love football, but we are constantly letting young men run out onto the field and slam their heads together. Then, for whatever reason, we are surprised when the men are paralyzed or experience nerve damage down the road. The worst cases happen when professional football players experience life threatening problems after they retire. Many of them cannot walk, talk or even go to the bathroom because they weren't wearing the proper gear or they weren't informed on how to avoid these spinal cord injury problems while playing.