Over the past few weeks, we've been posting about concussions in sports. Most student athletes will never "go pro," nor will they be featured on the box of a popular cereal brand. Most student athletes also don't have top-of-the-line protective gear or a team of medical experts on the sidelines to protect and treat them.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain has teamed up with a Maryland sports medicine clinic to encourage young athletes to make themselves aware of the dangers of concussions and for adults to monitor concussion symptoms. The drive to "play through the pain" in the NFL and other professional sports has come under fire as more student athletes suffer concussions and other brain injuries as a result of emulating their example.
After Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy took a line drive to the skull last week, he underwent surgery to reduce swelling around the fracture. He is not the only athlete to bring brain and head injuries to the news in the last few weeks. The players of the NFL have been increasingly involved in studies showing an increased likelihood to die of Alzheimer's disease or ALS (often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease).