Kevin Guskiewicz, co-director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at the University of North Carolina, recently discussed concussions at the Durham Sports Club.
Specifically, he talked about how some factors can combine to make the perfect storm.
“You may be only 33 years old, but given your concussion history, given your genetic makeup, given the position you played and estimated overall exposure that you’ve had, it might be smart to think about hanging it up,” he said. “Then there are other people because of those factors and the trajectory they’re on, they think it’s fine to continue to play at age 33, 34.”
He also noted that the increase in concussions does not mean there are more of them.
“We do not have a concussion crisis,” he said. “There are no more concussions occurring on our playing fields today than there was five years ago, 15, 25 years ago. The difference is that 10, 15, 20 years ago they went undiagnosed, unmanaged. Kids played through them. They didn’t know they had a concussion.”