According to PEOPLE magazine, the 44-year old retired football star Warren Sapp will donate his brain to concussion research. In a YouTube video posted on The Players’ Tribune, he mentions that he now occasionally has issues remembering basic situations like how to get home or how to pick up his children from school.
Below is an excerpt from PEOPLE magazine’s article:
“I’ve also started to feel the effects of the hits that I took in my career,” Sapp, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, says in the video. “My memory ain’t what it used to be. And yeah, it’s scary to think that my brain could be deteriorating, and that maybe things like forgetting a grocery list, or how to get to a friend’s house I’ve been to a thousand times are just the tip of the iceberg. So when it comes to concussions, CTE and how we can make our game safer for future generations, I wanted to put my two cents in — to help leave the game better off than it was when I started playing.”
Concussions rates are high in contact sports, such as football, which has the highest incidences of concussions of any other sport. Symptoms of a concussion include inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, headache, fatigue, and dizziness.
Luckily in 1976, the National Collegiate Athletic Association made it illegal to tackle using one’s head, which reduced the number of head and neck injuries in football by 50%.
It is very admirable for Warren Sapp to have the courage to speak on his experiences after suffering a concussion. His story will hopefully encourage athletes to not ignore the symptoms of a concussion and see a doctor to avoid causing serious injury to their head or brain. While sports are meant to be fun, it is always important to take all the necessary steps to prevent yourself or others from any long-term physical and mental damage.