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NFL Player Quits Over Likelihood of Concussions

March 19th, 2015

Football player Chris Borland (top, with ball). Photo credit: Flickr/Wikimedia Commons/Steve Schar

A promising rookie NFL player is giving up his professional football career (and the millions of dollars he signed for) because of his concerns over concussions.

24-year old Chris Borland is a linebacker who led the San Francisco 49ers in tackles in his first season.

Interestingly, he says he didn’t make his decision because of injuries he’s already had … but injuries that he will probably get in the future.

“I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health … from what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, it’s not worth the risk.”

Concussions have been in the news the past few years as researchers have learned more about the serious and devastating long term problems that come with having repeated injuries to your brain.

Football causes the most concussions of any sport — you essentially use your head as a weapon. Sub-concussive blows are also a concern — the constant jostling of your brain and neck from all sorts of impact over and over.

Mr. Borland said some of his friends suggested he play for just one more year, collect the money, and then quit. His response was: “I just don’t want to get into a situation where I am negotiating my health for money.”

You only have one brain, and you need it for life.

You can see Mr. Borland’s interview on ESPN below:

 

To learn more about concussions, you can read Dr. Robert Cantu’s book, Concussions and Our Kids .

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