It started like any other conversation. A friend, chit-chatting away, mentions her child athlete has instant rages, mood swings, inability to complete the work he has to do and impulsiveness. Both she and her husband are totally frustrated as to what to do and don’t know where to turn for help.
I’m part of the GMP Disposability of Men SIG and we are involved with saving the lives of athletes, and improving the quality of life for those with CTE and TBI. The symptoms are all too familiar. So, I asked, “Does he play football?”
She replied, “He plays football, baseball, soccer, and even tried hockey. He’s a natural athlete and we support him.”
I said, “Wow. Impressive. Has he ever had a concussion.”
“Yes. He’s had several concussions so far.”
I printed out a list of symptoms for CTE and TBI and showed it to her. “Check off his symptoms.”