Four months later, I am just recovering from a second Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In my last soccer game (per doctor’s orders), I took a direct shot to the jaw which was dislocated, my chin bruised, and my brain rattled inside my skull. Two weeks of “brain rest” was the prescription. It was frustrating, agonizing, maddening, but 100% necessary. My memory is still sketchy, but one thing is very clear: soccer is in desperate need of making head injuries a less frequent occurrence.
Bicyclists wear helmets that have the rider 100% in mind. The National Football League works tirelessly to better their current protective gear. Soccer has protective head gear, but it has yet to become mandatory. Don’t wait for it to be the hottest fashion accessory – protect your brain now, while you’re smart enough to make it matter.