Jordan Cameron doesn’t have to retire from the National Football League. The tight end still has years left of his career, only playing for six seasons with the NFL. Cameron was with the Cleveland Brown’s franchise for four years and the Miami Dolphins for two. At only 28 years old, Cameron has made the decision to leave the NFL because of his fourth concussion.
Cameron hasn’t made his decision lightly. He suffered a fourth concussion in a Dolphins versus Browns game when he tried to make a tackle. That last injury left Cameron thinking. Is risking his mental health worth it? Is the risk of just one more concussion impacting his future and, ultimately, his son’s future worth the money? Not if you talk to Cameron.
The football player said that he is devoted to his son, an 8-year-old, and wants to be there for him. He doesn’t want to struggle in the future like he has seen other players struggle. Even though a neurologist cleared Cameron to continue playing, the thought of suffering another concussion stays on his mind. When it comes to his son, Cameron said that pee-wee and high school football would be fine, but he would prefer his son didn’t play beyond high school. The risks are real, and Cameron would prefer that his son didn’t take the hits.
A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by the brain being jarred or shaken inside the skull. Concussions often occur during falls, vehicle accidents and traumatic impacts. These injuries can occur without any other physical injury. For example, a person may suffer a concussion but have no facial or outward head trauma.
It can be difficult to know when a person has a concussion. Every person reacts in a unique way, though some symptoms are more common than others. The symptoms that a person suffers with can range from very mild to severe, and the symptoms can last for only a few hours or as long as months. Symptoms of a concussion are grouped into four categories: thinking and remembering, physical, emotional and mood, and sleep. A person may experience:
Diagnosing a concussion can be difficult because it is an invisible injury. To diagnose a concussion, a doctor may ask questions. They may test memory, the ability to learn new information and the ability to focus. A doctor may also check a victim’s ability to balance and their reflexes, strength and coordination.
When a doctor suspects a concussion, they may order imaging tests to make sure the brain is not bleeding or bruised. A CT scan or MRI can alert the doctor to any more serious injuries within the brain.
A concussion is treated by a medical professional. Doctors will typically advise a patient with a concussion to rest and avoid any activity that could result in injury. It is recommended to avoid alcohol and illegal drugs. A doctor may prescribe pain relievers to help a patient deal with headaches. Any person who has suffered with a concussion should speak to their doctor about whether it is safe to drive a car or operate machinery.
Some people recover from a concussion in a day or two. For others, it takes months to recover. It is important for anyone with a concussion to get back to their regular daily activities slowly so their condition is not made worse.
When a person suffers multiple concussions, they are in danger of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). It is a progressive disease that typically affects boxers, football players and other athletes who have suffered repeated concussions. The symptoms of CTE can be devastating to the victim. Memory loss, erratic behavior, impaired judgment and even the onset of dementia are all risks associated with CTE. Notable athletes who have been or had been diagnosed with CTE include the NFL’s Junior Seau and the WWE’s Chris Benoit.
Unfortunately, CTE is only truly diagnosed during a post-mortem examination of the victim’s brain. Currently, doctors use evidence provided by the patient and medical records to diagnose the condition. Further study is being undertaken to create diagnostic tools that can discover the condition earlier.
If you have sustained a concussion in an accident that was no fault of yours, you may be entitled to compensation for current and future medical bills, lost wages and more. Reach out to our experienced car accident and personal injury attorneys in West Palm Beach. We will review the details of your case during a free consultation and advise you of your options. Call today to schedule your appointment.