After playing in the NFL for one season, top rookie Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers announced that he is retiring due to his concerns about the long-term effects of head trauma and injuries.
Borland based his decision on a culmination of things, such as his experience with concussions and his own personal research. In the end, he decided that the risk of continuing to play football was not worth it. Borland makes it clear that he knows it is not a certainty he will develop a brain disease, and he knows a lot of players who played a long time who do not have brain diseases. However, this decision was the right one for him.
Borland was always aware of head trauma injuries and brain disease, but his awareness shifted to doing research this past August during training camp. He sustained a mild concussion after a hit during one of the practices. Many players referred to this type of a hit as a “ding” or “getting your bell rung.” However, for Borland, he wanted to know how these dings may impact him in the future. His goal is long term. He does not want to take a chance on something that may impact the rest of his life. He knows that it may not make sense to a lot of people because he is in the prime of his career. He is giving up a lot of money. Some tell him just to play one more season. Understandably, he doesn’t want to take the chance. How many hits are too many? He could be wrong but for him, personally the risks are not worth what he can gain in football. The chances of it happening were more of a negative than a positive.
Borland does not want to convey to parents of young football players or young football players the message that they shouldn’t play. However, he does want to convey a message that the decision to play or not to play should be an informed decision. Second, if they do play, they should not play through a concussion.
Borland’s message to parents and football players is an important one and couldn’t come at a more opportune time as March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Yes, it is a free county, but players and their parents must make informed decisions about playing football.
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*Source: www.espn.go.com (San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Chris Borland Retires Due To Head Injury Concerns)
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