Concussion From A Player’s Perspective

It’s bad enough when you’ve gotten hurt, but when you’re told you have to keep going… that’s the worst. Especially at the level that pro rugby players are at. Me? I was my own worst enemy, pushing myself to go-go-go, despite being hurt. I didn’t know enough about my own condition to realize I *was* hurt. And so, the issues built up… and they didn’t resolve, till I’d nearly lost everything.

Knocking Out Concussion

As highlighted previously, concussion is a serious issue for rugby league players, with regulations only recently being introduced. Prior to these regulations, there was little protecting the players from serious injuries after being concussed. This meant that the players were more vulnerable to the long term impacts of concussion.

One such player is former Newcastle Knights winger, James McManus, who was forced to retire in 2015 due to concussion related injuries. Due to improperly treated concussions throughout his career, McManus now suffers through regular symptoms of concussion, including; cognitive impairment, impairment of memory, mood swings, headaches, anxiety, depression and sleep disturbance. All of this comes from, McManus believes, the medical staff not forcing him to take his head injuries more seriously.

McManus believes he should’ve been forced to retire in 2013 and as a result of playing on, he suffered up to ten more concussions, resulting in permanent brain…

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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.

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