After the brain injury coverage recently in Time magazine and on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” of NFL Players, I have been inundated with letters and emails from former football players around the country who are still having neurological issues long after sustaining concussions during their playing days. You would think the mail would be coming from former professional players, instead the mail has been coming from guys in their 30s, 40s and 50s who never played on the NFL level. These guys played on the high school and/or college levels but not beyond that. Their emails bring me to a point of understanding that there are some major problems with concussions sustained in contact sports (but especially football) that have not adequately been addressed by anyone. It seems that the head trauma “train” which is not solely an NFL issue but in this case (a football issue in general) is coming down the track and is rapidly picking up speed! Something is going on with concussions in football that needs to be brought into the spotlight for all to understand.
If any readers of this blog played football on any level and sustained a “ding”, got your “bell rung” or flat out got a concussion in a game or in practice and is still dealing with neurological issues (headaches, depression, inability to focus, etc.) as a result I’d like to hear your story.