Brodie Merrill has always been known for his leadership on a lacrosse floor or field. Now he’s taking a leadership role in the area of sports concussions. Merrill published a story on Philly.com yesterday about the concussion he received that made him miss last week’s game and his thoughts on the role of contact in sports. He admits to playing the 2011 MLL championship game with a concussion that he didn’t disclose because he didn’t want to be taken off the field. The folly of that decision is one reason why sports, and lacrosse in particular, need to reexamine the way they look at head injures, Merrill suggests.
Having grown up idolizing physical players like Scott Stevens, Pat Coyle and Junior Seau, Merrill says he’s always been a fan of big contact in sports. But the more we learn about the damage it can do to the brain, the more it becomes clear that “We have to make fundamental changes to our game and we have to catch ourselves when we act with the ‘win at all costs’ mentality.” It’s an excellent article and should be required reading for anyone who loves the game of lacrosse but also cares about the health and safety of its players.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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