As we prepare for the start of the 2014-15 NFL Season, the concussion issue has already decided to veer its ugly head. According to reports, there were 152 concussions reported last year throughout several different positions on the field. Unfortunately, this year has already been hit by the concussion epidemic as the NFL losses one of its premier stars for the rest of the preseason and possibly forever.
Wes Welker, one of the good guys of the league, suffered his third concussion in less than 10 months. This is major concern for his future health and well-being. Can the Denver Broncos wide receiver take a few more hits before he does irreversible damage that will rob him of his memory, set his moods swinging like a pendulum and make after life after football a living hell for him and his loved ones?
Nobody knows for sure, not even Welker himself. The prospects of a traumatic brain injury are enough to scare anyone half to death. “Every time you’re getting a concussion, it’s like withdrawing money from an ATM. However, you don’t know how much money God has put in your account and how long it is going to last,” said Dr. Kevin Crutchfield, a neurologist and concussions expert who is director of the Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or the body that can change the way your brain normally works. Symptoms of a concussion may not start right away; they may start days or weeks after the injury. This type of injury has plagued the NFL for years and continues to be a problem now and could be well into the future!
Tony Cutillo (@TCutillo23)