When you truly love something (and get paid a pretty penny to do it), it’s hard to move on. But that’s what some athletes are doing, out of concern for their brains.
With concussion awareness rising, and the newly accepted knowledge that concussions should not just be shaken off, it make sense that athletes are taking a second look at their career choices.
Athletes are Choosing to Retire Early
Early this month, Shea Emry, a CFL linebacker for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, retired “in the prime of his career.” He claimed that though physically he felt great, he was worried about the long-term effect of the more than 10 concussions he has received throughout his career. Though he was worried about what his future might look like without football, he was relieved to do the right thing for his family and his health.
The Ottawa Sun reports that Matt Carter, a CFL receiver for the Ottawa RedBlacks, retired for the same reasons, this past November. Though he felt the decision to retire may have appeared selfish, he knew that ultimately he was benefitting the team because he was no longer 100% committed, due to his concussion recovery process.
“A concussion is one of those injuries where you have to consider your life and what it’s going to look like. You want to try and stick out a couple of years of football, but the payoff doesn’t really make sense long term.”
These CFL players are just two players from one institution. The reality is that high-impact sports athletes are retiring all over North America right now and the trend is showing no signs of slowing down.
A Call for Change
Football is a well-loved North American sport with a long history and an enormous number of fans and enthusiasts. However, with rising concussion awareness, it’s an institution that is experiencing a huge amount of heat. Not only are regulations becoming tighter, but love for the sport is dwindling as professionals retire early. It’s a trend that may signal the beginning of the sport’s demise.
It can’t continue the way it’s going. But here at MyoWorx® we don’t want to see the end of such a well-loved institution. That’s why we believe that the sport needs to change and put the health of its players first. New concussion regulations are a great first step, but much more work needs to be done to make the sport safe for its players.