Sandy: Whoa. I just saw a film, League of Denial, the NFL’s Concussion Crisis. Studies and reports have been done over the last 20 years about football players suffering from memory loss, depression, confusion, impulse control and dementia as a result of multiple concussions. For just as long, the NFL has been denying it thus not giving football players full disclosure about the ramifications of concussions. Instead the NFL have discredited several doctors’ scientific findings. At the same time their own “select team” said they were doing “research” and did not come up with the same conclusion. Independent doctors found, when doing an autopsy on a football player’s brain, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease of the brain from repetitive brain trauma. At the time of interviewing doctors for the film, 44 out of 45 football players autopsied brains had CTE. Steve Young, ex-San Francisco 49ers left-handed quarterback, left a game after his seventh concussion and had to retire from football. His brain could not take impacts any longer. The youngest football player whose autopsy revealed he had CTE, was only 21 years old. He had committed suicide. CTE has been known to affect boxers since the 1920s. I wonder if any of my children have repetitive brain trauma, either symptomatic concussions or asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head from heading a soccer ball. Since they played on competitive teams, they probably started regularly heading the ball when they were about 10 years old. Two played in college so for 8 to 12 years, any of them could have micro-concussions. Helmets are now available for soccer players.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.