Slideshow on head injuries in football

These pictures are worth thousands of words.

Are you SURE you want your kids to play football?

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

2 thoughts on “Slideshow on head injuries in football”

  1. BB,

    Those slides are really freakin’ scary. They make me wonder what my brain looks like. But then again, I played football (and ice hockey – which possibly is just behind) only very briefly so, my own injuries aside, I doubt I’ve had that breathtaking 8000 minor hits. I did have a PE teacher when I was a kid who had been a professional football player. He was definitely missing something, and it was very definitely the result of head injury. We used to joke about it . . .

    Best,

    Tim

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  2. TELL me about it… when I think back on all the hits I’ve taken — oh, man… I ran out and got a copy of “Aging With Grace” which is about the Nun Study that showed that nuns from the same sort of background can have different outcomes and different symptoms — some of the nuns who showed the most dementia at the end of their lives actually had pretty healthy brains… while some nuns whose brains were autopsied had all sorts of tangles and plaques, but they had tested perfectly well up till the very end. They were totally asymptomatic.

    That’s my goal. I can’t change the hits I’ve taken or turn back the clock on my TBI’s, but I’ll be DAMNED if I’m going down with a whimper. If nuns in Minnesota can prevail cognitively despite serious neurological evidence (to the contrary), so can I.

    It’s a plan, at any rate 😉

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