Thoughts from the football world

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Head injuries causing concern among football players

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.

One thought on “Thoughts from the football world”

  1. It is good that the sports world is starting to protect their players more as far as I can tell from press in recent months. My dad played football in high school and told about at least one concussion that he had. I don’t know if he had more than one. The way that he liked to play is probably not legal now and maybe not then and probably not good for the head. I have wondered if concussions might have had an impact. However, he was never violent with me or my siblings or my mom when we were young. I thought those years were ideal but I think my mom said he was hard on her in being particular. When things got violent, I think he may have had far too little sleep. He used to work the night shift and then often overtime. He also worked painting houses as a second job during warm months. Plus, he coached a lot. Lack of sleep can be a factor in obesity and also type ii diabetis. He gained a lot of weight through the years but has lost some here and there. Also, he develped type ii diabetis. I think his most violent episodes were just before he was diagnosed and around the time of being diagnosed and some years later right before he had to start taking insulin shots. I have heard that diabetis can have a propensity towards violence. I also think he is bipolar too. I am not violent like him with the manic or depressive epsidoes that I have, thankfully. It scares me as you never know what the future may bring as bipolar can get worse. If I got bad, I would see about taking medication. As it is, my bipolar is more about having mental energy for creativity. I have not had any depresssion to speak of for probably a decade.


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