Concussions and brain injuries have become a major issue in the sport of football. Such injuries can have major impacts on an athlete’s life. Such injuries can also lead to athletes having to make some difficult decisions. For example, it was recently reported in an article on ESPN’s website that concussions have led to a college football player deciding to quit the sport.
The player in question is a junior at the University of Texas at Austin who played safety for the school’s football team. It has been reported that the player suffered a major concussion during a game that occurred earlier this month. The player also reportedly has a history of migraine headaches and concussions.
A comprehensive evaluation was reportedly conducted regarding the player’s health. The results of this evaluation led to a recommendation being made that the player stop playing football. This, in turn, led to the player making the decision to quit the sport. The player has said that while the decision to quit was an incredibly difficult one, he believes he has made the right choice.
As this story illustrates, concussions can force athletes to have to make some very difficult choices. This underscores how serious of a matter suffering head injuries can be and how impactful brain injuries can be on a person’s life.
Because of the serious nature of brain injuries, one hopes that football programs at all levels do everything they reasonably can to protect their players from concussions and properly address concussions when they occur.