a reply to: ketsuko
Sure, I actually mostly agree with you here.
people need to understand that when you lead an active lifestyle of almost any type, you put your body, including your head on the line.
I think most people who lead such lifestyles understand this, but then again, the correlation (which obviously doesn't necessarily equal causation)
between depression/anger issues/suicide/the list goes on and TBI are not to be ignored.
I think that going forward it is vital to understand TBIs and hopefully signs can be spotted easier (with increased understanding) and treatment can
be [potentially] developed. Knowledge of the warning signs could potentially save lives, so the discussion and the research is a good thing, imo.
"To attempt to remove the risk of head injury at this point is to remove a large number of physical activities that people find enjoyable and live
Right. I make this same argument about football all the time. But on the other hand, I don't think most people are saying we should just quit doing
things that could [potentially] lead to a TBI (only the irrational say that)....
We're just now starting to really understand this stuff, and there are those that make a lot
of money that don't really want this discussion to
progress, or even continue.....so, there is that.
So we have to ask ourselves: which is worse?
Well, depends on who you ask, I suppose. Again, I, nor many others are advocating for people to stop that which they enjoy that may [potentially]
lead to such injuries but I do think it's actually a healthy discussion.
I've personally suffered a few TBIs....initially from football (played from age 5 to 16)...a few concussions there, one pretty bad neck injury that
actually ended my football years. I remember a few iffy concussions from fooling around boxing and the like. Then I had a major car wreck and
starburst a windshield with my forehead.
Idk if the correlation is the cause, but I have suffered from depression and anxiety (and anger issues...which some here might actually know about and
agree with...lol lol) and even suicidal thoughts at many points throughout my life, especially as an adult.
That said, I cannot point to TBIs being the cause (or the sole cause) because there were other factors that played a role that I'd rather not speak
about too much here ("fast times" and all that jazz).
It is something that needs to be discussed, but I agree, right after a guy's death is not the time for the press to push it. The conversation should
be had at all times, not just when everyone jumps on the CTE bandwagon and starts speculating online (sometimes with very mean and hateful words that
Mirra's, and others, families might run across)........I cannot stand the press for such things. Like vultures, they are, feasting upon the dead to
make their bucks.