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Tua Tagovailoa's head injury sparks national debate on concussions and sports

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Anyone who watched the Sept. 29 game between the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals knows what a terrifying situation it was on the NFL stage when the Dolphins quarterback was taken off the field on a stretcher due to a head injury. .

The incident has since sparked a national debate about concussion protocols.

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) is investigating protocols and why Tuata Gobairoa, who appeared to have suffered a head injury shortly before this game, was able to play.

The former Arizona quarterback, who retired from football due to a history of concussions, offers his take on the debate.

Stephen Sleet knew something was wrong with the final hit to the head when he last played for ASU over a decade ago.

“I mean, my history of concussions started in high school,” he said. Since then, Threet says he had up to 15 concussions in his young career.

He deals with daily headaches and pain. Ultimately, he left the game he loved for good after playing his final snap as ASU quarterback in 2010.

“I would look at the wrong sideline for a cue. I would have to clear my head or clear the cobwebs. It’s hard because it’s an invisible injury,” he said. explained.

Tagovailoa was sacked and thrown down with his head slammed on the ground. Fans saw his hands freeze in front of his face as he lay on the field for about seven minutes before being taken to the hospital.

“It was very scary to see. It turned out to be a serious injury. Definitely a fencing pose that we know is severely affected by the brain from the fencing reactions,” Sleet said. rice field.

A similar type of influence was seen when he was playing against the Buffalo Bills. Tagovailoa has temporarily left the game.

The Dolphins initially said it was a head injury before it turned into a back injury. The Players Association and the NFL are currently investigating why he was able to return.

“We are all outraged by what we have seen over the past few days and fear for the safety of one of our brothers. “It was a symptom. Protocols exist to protect. That’s why we launched an investigation,” the NFLPA said in part.

CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 29: Medical staff tend to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins after sustaining an injury during the second quarter of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Peycoe Stadium on September 9. After that, he was carried out on a stretcher.

Carrie Collins is the CEO of the Arizona Brain Injury Alliance.

“This is a good lesson for all of us. When an event like a concussion happens, it’s a good time to take a moment and take care of yourself and follow protocols. They’re there for a reason.” Please take care of your health,” Collins said.

She says traumatic brain injuries often occur, not just during sports, and those symptoms must be taken seriously.

“Tua will definitely take this issue more seriously,” Threet said.

According to the Brain Injury Alliance, more than 66,000 traumatic brain injuries occur each year in Arizona.

Tagovailoa tweeted that she felt much better and thanked her for all the support she received.

Parents in the Phoenix area participate in weigh-ins

Karin Dechant is a soccer mom in Phoenix who says she gets a little nervous when she sees her sons play.

“I just looked at my watch and anxiously waited for the final whistle to blow so I could finish the next game without injury,” she said. “At the end of the day, your brain needs to be with you for the rest of your life. When my son had his first severe concussion, we were done.”

Tom Lehman is a football dad who feels the new equipment will help protect his children.

“We have better gear, better helmets, better everything. I think most people are more worried,” Lehmann said.