Earlier this week we discussed the somewhat startling new research which found that soccer players may be at risk of developing sports brain injuries as a result of repeatedly “heading” the soccer ball during games and practice. Our Chicago brain injury lawyers explained how this posed significant concerns for student athletes who may have been involved in these games for years. Considering that only a few headers a day over the course of a period of time was shown to result in some brain damage, it is imperative for those involved in these sports to be aware of the dangers and prepared to take action if necessary. Even slight head trauma, when repeatedly applied, can have serious consequences for victims. As a result, there is no excuse for all those involved in the safety of players-from coaches and referees to school administrators and trainers-to have proper procedures in place to identify players who may have suffered a brain injury and to ensure they are properly treated.
As new information about these injuries spread, many are asking questions about the long-term consequences that may have afflicted some. For example, professional soccer players likely have had immense numbers head contact over the years. The long-term affect that the small , but consistent, trauma has had is as of yet unknown. But that is not stopping some from making serious claims about how some professional players may have been affected. Opposing Views News this week discussed the tragic case of one of the legends of soccer-Gary Speed. Speed was only 42-years old when he took his own life last week. He left behind a wife and two teenage children. His death was shocking to all those who knew him, and has led to many questions being asked about why his life ended as it did.
One explanation that some have already mentioned, was that he may have suffered brain damage as a result of his many years of play. Speed was known specifically for his unique ability to head the ball-over his years of playing it actually became one of his calling cards. Speed is certainly not the first well known football player, boxer, or hockey player to commit suicide. As the story explains a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy has been found after autopsies were conducted on players who have taken their own lives on nearly two dozen occasions. In February of this year former Pro-Bowl safety for the Chicago Bears, Dave Dureson, also committed suicide, and he was found to have this traumatic brain injury at the time of his passing.
Suicides often present an incredibly complicated mix of mental, social, emotional, physical, and psychological issues. They likely cannot be explained solely by pointing to one issue. However, our Chicago injury lawyers believe that it is not at all unlikely that brain injuries may at least play a role in these incidents. Many mysteries of the brain remain, and it is premature to rule out anything yet when it comes to understanding the consequences of these injuries.
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