Many little boys dream of throwing around a football in college only to land a gig in the NFL, sporting celebrity jerseys and being adored by fans as the star quarterback, kicker or the football player who has the best touch down dance. However, too many people are not aware that there are some things that can happen to you on the football field if you’re out there getting pushed around and knocked down in the sport.
Hence, the news story of Jim McMahon, coined as one of the most interesting and entertaining players of this last generation. He played for Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, and other football teams. Famed and adored for his football skills, the player now suffers from memory loss. He ties the loss to head injuries he suffered during is time in the NFL. He said that when he was playing the game, there was a general feeling that if you were injured, you could just pop an aspirin and hop right back into the game. However, now years after playing, McMahon has consulted neurosurgeons, and according to them, the effects of those injuries are much more serious than just popping an aspirin.
According to Yahoo sports, it took the NFL a very long time to acknowledge that there was a connection between head injuries and long term effects. Former players have been talking about the issue for quite some time. However, there is an underlying pressure to get out there on the field and keep performing in spite of injuries that may have serious effects if ignored.
Football is a sport that many enjoy. However, when you retire from it, you want to be able to live a healthy and fulfilling life, free from brain injury. If you’re ever in the NFL or other contact sport such as ice hockey or boxing, wear protective gear at all times and maintain an understanding that all the money and fame isn’t more important than your health. If you get injured or feel your health has been affected in any way while you’re playing the sport, take a time out and consider seeing a doctor immediately before continuing the sport. If you continue to experience adverse health symptoms seek a second opinion from a medical professional.