Skip to content

Tough Decisions about Concussions

2011 October 12

Decisions like the one Texas Longhorn Nolan Brewster recently made to quit playing football are tough.  I am not one of the physician taking part of his care, so I do not know all the specifics.  But having had similar conversations with my patients, I can understand the process he has gone through.  The Sport becomes part of the athletes’ identity.  In the case of a top college football player, it is also a potential source of future income for himself and his family.  But when the safety of the athlete becomes a major concern, sometimes this tough decision is the right decision.  This decision did not happen overnight.  It involves the discussion of the whole family along with a multi-disciplinary approach with coaches, trainers, and medical professions.  I always recommend consultation with a sports psychologist when concussions start affecting the normal routine for an athlete, and especially when decisions about quitting or changing a sport is involved.  Depression is among the possible symptoms of concussions and cumulative head injury.  For an athlete who needs to find a new identity, strong family support and a good sports psychologist are the most important things going forward.  I wish Nolan Brewster much luck and success on the next chapter of his life.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Note: You can use basic XHTML in your comments. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS