From Brain Injury and Football — No Place to Run — on CRAIN’S COMMENTS


The latest evidence is pretty hard to ignore. The research leader is Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at the VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the CTE Center at Boston University. She examined the brains of 111 deceased NFL players. Of these, 110 had CTE, the degenerative disease caused by repeated blows to […]

via Brain Injury and Football — No Place to Run — CRAIN’S COMMENTS

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.

4 thoughts on “From Brain Injury and Football — No Place to Run — on CRAIN’S COMMENTS”

  1. So, the Australian Footballers are finially considering the damage from concussion and AFL (Australian Football league) don’t wear the protective gear the American boys wear. The world moves slowely. Cheers,H

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  2. It’s about time. Ironically, the protective gear has been shown to make players take more risks. They think they’re safe. But they’re not. Some have even advocated taking away some of the padding, so there’s less desire to use your body as a weapon.


  3. Hey guys,

    I am running a social media campaign for university and mine is regarding concussion in Australian sport. Found your page and am really enjoying it! I agree with the comment as concussion in Australia has only recently been taken seriously. In the rugby league, where there is huge impacts, there is a concussion nearly every week. Despite this they only introduced mandatory testing for concussed players last year. Im not sure taking away the padding would lessen the impact though, as in the NRL players are still hitting each other with a lot of force and there is no padding in rugby league.

    My most recent blog post actually looks at the NRL and how the players believe the tough guy mentality is changing and concussion is being taken more seriously. Would love if you could check it out!


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