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    The football landscape is changing and IMO it is for the better. Concussions are a serious issue and should be handled with care. But just as important players need to find ways to cope with no longer being "special". Becoming ordinary would be a big shock, most of us have to find out in our teens and early twenties, I can't imagine how much harder it would be later in life after achieving a much higher standard of importance.

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    the first two sentences make sense, but then I don't really know where you're going from there

    I had my first concussion ever when I was hit by a car in December, knocked unconscious, and sent to the emergency room with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. I have no memory whatsoever from the incident. besides surviving like a boss, I guess my main point is that I had no idea what the recovery process from a concussion entails. its pretty difficult to judge how well you are recovering from an injury you can't really see. the pain went away rather quickly, but my head was a bit loopy dealing with post concussion symptoms for a solid two months after the accident. sensitivity to light and sounds, quick to irritability, and to be quite frank - your brain just doesn't work how it normally does. its really weird.

    anyway, hats off tto any player suffering from and recovering from any similar injuries. granted, the wears pads and helmet, bit I'd say getting hit by a full size pickup truck is an apt comparison for some players haha. I can def see why the league is taking it seriously

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    • #3
      I had pretty severe concussion problems throughout high school and college football. Eventually forcing me to leave the program last year. I've even stayed in hospitals from a couple of them and undergone about every test they could bill the college. I had 7 documented in about 4 years

      The only effect my family has noticed in day to day activities is my newer inability to remember small things like running errands and conversations from earlier in the day. But as for more important things I seem to have a pretty good grasp on everything.

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      • #4
        i have had 3 concussions in my life. 1st was a line drive that caught me on the jaw. broke my jaw and then the way my head spun and then hit the ground gave me the concussion. knocked out cold when i hit the ground. i had trouble focusing in school for like 10 days, developed migraines, sensitivity to light and noise, got confused rather easily for a few days and had moments where i became extremely dizzy.

        second concussion happened around christmas time in 2011. my gf and i were helping her parents decorate their house and pulling boxes of lights and decorations out of the garage when her dad dropped the staple gun he was using and it fell off a 2 story house and caught me right on the side of the head. unconscious before i hit the ground. still think that ****er did it on purpose. similar symptoms as the first, just lasted a little longer, just started not being able to hold down food as well. so i puked a lot.

        most recent concussion was in a car accident this past August. lady fell asleep and hit me head on going 50. my head somehow smashed into the driver's side window. got some pretty gnarly gashes on the left side of my head and face. broke 4 ribs, separated my left shoulder, broke my clavicle and shoulder blade, my wrist was broken so badly that i could practically wave at myself without turning my hand, my ankle was broken in 2 places and dislocated, and everything torn in it. but the concussion symptoms were bad. memory loss, confusion, moments where i would black out, forgetting where i was, irritability, dizziness, trouble remembering names and faces, nausea, head splitting migraines. took about 2 and a half months for all the symptoms to go away. and even now closing in on a year since the accident, i am still getting the migraines and still sometimes forget things quickly or get confused by simple things

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        • #5
          Not a popular thread to bump but we have lost another player to suicide (as it seems in the article) to a former player of USC and Saints. He was also a standout at my high school when I was attending. He was 55 before Seau and all the studs at LB at USC get that number. We now lost both Seau and Scott Ross to what appears to be head trauma injuries that cause the former players to take their life.
          http://www.insidesocal.com/usc/2014/...-in-louisiana/

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          • #6
            I think it's pretty difficult for people to relate if they've never had a concussion. I recall people making fun of Bill Romanowski when he broke down in tears during an interview. There's been articles of former NFL players who have gotten lost in their own neighborhood after chasing down their dog that got loose and ran off.
            I've had about seven concussions from the age of four to seventeen, and I frequently wonder how different my life could've been if I could function and recall things like many "normal" people seem to do. I don't feel like I have a disability, but I've been dealing with memory issues and "cloudiness" for much of my life and have had to find ways of dealing with it.

            I'm glad the NFL is actually doing something about concussion protocol (even if it is to stave off future litigation) and hope that the actions spread out to other sports and other levels of play, ie: NCAA, youth leagues, etc. It really sucks to be in a group conversation and forget the name of someone you've known for years, especially if you're giving compliments or making references.

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            • #7
              Sunday was terrible for injuries. People dropping like flies all over the place.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by huh?? View Post
                I think it's pretty difficult for people to relate if they've never had a concussion. I recall people making fun of Bill Romanowski when he broke down in tears during an interview. There's been articles of former NFL players who have gotten lost in their own neighborhood after chasing down their dog that got loose and ran off.
                I've had about seven concussions from the age of four to seventeen, and I frequently wonder how different my life could've been if I could function and recall things like many "normal" people seem to do. I don't feel like I have a disability, but I've been dealing with memory issues and "cloudiness" for much of my life and have had to find ways of dealing with it.

                I'm glad the NFL is actually doing something about concussion protocol (even if it is to stave off future litigation) and hope that the actions spread out to other sports and other levels of play, ie: NCAA, youth leagues, etc. It really sucks to be in a group conversation and forget the name of someone you've known for years, especially if you're giving compliments or making references.
                Well, that explains your User Name.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by broncogary View Post
                  Well, that explains your User Name.
                  That's true, actually. I tend to say it frequently, usually as a matter of consternation as opposed to not being able to hear.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by huh?? View Post
                    That's true, actually. I tend to say it frequently, usually as a matter of consternation as opposed to not being able to hear.
                    I originally thought you were pro golfer John Huh.

                    Best wishes on improvement with your condition.

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                    • #11
                      The game has changed and changed and yet it still endures.

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                      • #12
                        Give em an asprin and send em back out there. Pussies.

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                        • #13
                          If the NFL was really serious about reducing concussions, they would test for HGH and ban players that use it.

                          These players are way too big and fast...

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                          • #14
                            My wife was in a serious car accident about 8 years ago. Someone got a flat tire in the lane next to her, swerved and hit her and her car rolled 7 times including going over a guard rail into the other lane. Thank God she had her seat belt on so she had a jacked up hand that eventually required surgery, whiplash in her neck and a massive concussion. She could not sleep lying down for about 3 or 4 months because of massive vertigo and headaches. The symptoms eventually settled down, but to this day she is still suffering from post traumatic concussion syndrome. I would not wish that on anyone. When I hear someone like Welker getting 3 so close together I just think about how bad this could turn out for him and really think he should retire.

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