There are countless reports discussing when exactly it is safe for college or even high school athletes to return to competition, but often the impact on these athlete’s academic lives is completely goes completely forgotten. When these athletes get pulled off the field, they are often also kept out of the classroom.
Tanya Sichynski, writer for the University of Georgia’s Red & Black Newspaper, recently reported on what it is like to be on a school’s D-1 football team after suffering a brain injury and how the road to recovery often goes.
It is important to keep everything in proper context, and much of the discussion about brain injuries in the NCAA is focused on the effects within the sport. Too often, it is forgotten that your favorite college athletes are still students, and the concussion that pulled them off the field reverberates through their entire lives.
Sichynski’s report reminds us that these athletes are real people who often recognize their life-long success is dependent on their academic endeavors, which are routinely endangered by the looming threat of brain injuries.