The recent exposure of the serious neurological issues facing retired NFL football players has helped the public understand brain injuries. Brain injuries have been long misunderstood and downplayed. It is hard to understand an injury that is invisible and whose main symptoms are so varied.
Now the public sees that these phenomenal athletes are suffering severe consequences that, except for a headache and some stiffness, were completely invisible at the time of the injury. Brain injuries, or concussions as they are often called, affect people who have been in car and other types of accidents as well. The descriptions of the symptoms from the football players have shed light on what concussions can do. As the retired football players continue to bring to light the issues surrounding brain injuries, all those who suffer from the lingering effects of brain injuries will benefit.