Former NFL player Chris Borland made the difficult decision to retire at the young age of 24 out of concerns over the long-term effects of head injuries. The long-term effects that concussions have on ones physical and mental health, made Chris’ decision easier just one year after his first NFL season.
Aside from removing himself from the game due to a head injury, Chris suggests that players can skew the results of a baseline test. In a recent interview he states “Players could very easily throw the initial baseline test, We used to — not quite throw it, that’s strong, but we wouldn’t do our best, in hopes that if and when we were concussed and had to take the test, our numbers wouldn’t be so different that we couldn’t get back out on the field.”
Given the pressures and short-lived careers these athletes can face it is easy to understand how a player might cheat the initial baseline to get back on the field quicker. Football is risky business and one can never now know long or short their career might last. Players like Chris Borland set a good example for others that might follow in his footsteps putting their health first.
Chris puts it best when he says, “I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don’t want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise,” he said at the time.
To read more on Chris’ views on this topic and others you can go to : Chris Borland Interview
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