Guest: Kelly Pearce, a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program
In recent days, several high-profile athletes have been in the news because of them. New York Yankees rookie Jose Pirela suffered a concussion after running into an outfield wall. If you follow “March Madness,” then you probably saw that Maryland guard Melo Trimble was inadvertently kneed in the head by a teammate. And, you may have also seen the news that 24-year-old NFL linebacker Chris Borland decided to retire from professional football after just one year, in order to protect his long-term neurological health. Many of today’s athletes are facing competition that is bigger, stronger and faster. If you have family members who compete in sports, then you may be concerned about the risks.