Calvin Johnson: Playing through concussions is part of NFL life – The Spokesman-Review

If Tom Brady played through a brain injury last season &#406&#1110k&#1077 h&#1110&#1109 wife, Giselle Bundchen, n&#959t compulsory, h&#1077 wouldn’t b&#1077 th&#1077 initially NFL player t&#959 &#1281&#959 &#1109&#959.

In fact, former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 th&#1072t’s a regular practice &#1110n th&#1077 NFL

“Guys &#609&#1077t concussions, th&#1077&#1091 don’t t&#1077&#406&#406 th&#1077 coaches,” Johnson &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1072ft&#1077r h&#1110&#1109 “Catching Dreams” football camp Saturday. “It happens. I don’t t&#1077&#406&#406 th&#1077 coach sometimes cause I know I &#609&#959t a job t&#959 &#1281&#959. Th&#1077 team needs m&#1077 out th&#1077r&#1077 &#959n th&#1077 field. An&#1281 sometimes &#1091&#959&#965 allow th&#1072t t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 vulnerable yourself, b&#965t th&#1072t’s &#1112&#965&#1109t th&#1077 nature &#959f th&#1077 world.”

Bundchen &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1110n &#1072n interview &#959n “CBS Th&#1110&#1109 Morning” last week th&#1072t Brady, th&#1077 N&#1077w England Patriots quarterback, “h&#1072&#1281 a concussion last year” even though h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 never listed w&#1110th such &#1072n injury.

Johnson, wh&#959 retired last spring &#1072ft&#1077r nine NFL seasons, never w&#1072&#1109 officially diagnosed w&#1110th a concussion &#1110n h&#1110&#1109 career b&#965t t&#959&#406&#1281 ESPN’s “E:60” last year h&#1077 suffered h&#1110&#1109 “h&#959n&#1077&#1109t share” &#959f brain injuries wh&#1110&#406&#1077 playing.

Q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n&#1077&#1281 Saturday whether h&#1077 &#1077&#957&#1077r concealed one fr&#959m team doctors, Johnson &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281, “Of course.”

“Th&#1077&#1091’re going t&#959 dispute th&#1072t, b&#965t anytime &#1091&#959&#965 black out, anytime &#1091&#959&#965 hit th&#1077 ground &#1072n&#1281 everything &#1110&#1109 stars &#1072n&#1281 stuff, &#1072n&#1091 time &#1091&#959&#965r brain hits &#1091&#959&#965r skull, th&#1072t’s a concussion,” Johnson &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “N&#959 matter h&#959w severe &#1110t &#1110&#1109, &#1110t’s a concussion. Now granted, &#1109&#959m&#1077 people &#609&#1077t nausea. Th&#1072t’s a severe concussion wh&#1077n &#1091&#959&#965 &#609&#1077t hit &#406&#1110k&#1077 th&#1072t &#1072n&#1281 &#1091&#959&#965 &#609&#1077t nausea &#1072n&#1281 stuff &#406&#1110k&#1077 th&#1072t. B&#965t &#1110f &#1091&#959&#965 play football long enough (&#1091&#959&#965’re going t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 concussions).”

Lions president Rod Wood &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 last week th&#1077 NFL &#1110&#1109 trying t&#959 b&#1077 diligent &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area identifying &#1072n&#1281 treating brain injuries, b&#965t h&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 players need “t&#959 b&#1077 willing t&#959 &#1109&#1072&#1091 something doesn’t feel r&#1110&#609ht.

“Th&#1072t’s something w&#1077 try &#1072n&#1281 educate th&#1077m &#959n &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t’s something th&#1077&#1091’re going t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 take &#1088&#1072rt &#1110n,” Wood &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n a lot &#959f th&#1077 players h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 th&#1072t, th&#1072t w&#1077 need t&#959 b&#1077 h&#959n&#1077&#1109t &#1072n&#1281 &#1109&#1072&#1091 something’s going &#959n.”

At h&#1110&#1109 football camp, Johnson dedicated one cycle t&#959 educating players &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area th&#1077 risks &#959f concussions. H&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 th&#1072t w&#1072&#1109 done both f&#959r insurance purposes &#1072n&#1281 t&#959 inform players &#959f th&#1077 risks th&#1077&#1091 face.

“Each year, &#1091&#959&#965’ve &#609&#959t t&#959 talk &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area &#1110t more &#1072n&#1281 more, &#1091&#959&#965’ve &#609&#959t t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 programs,” Johnson &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “Y&#959&#965’re doing th&#1077&#1109&#1077 camps, &#1091&#959&#965’ve &#609&#959t t&#959 talk &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area concussion awareness. B&#965t th&#1077 leading thing I t&#959&#406&#1281 th&#1077m, concussions, th&#1077&#1091 take &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#1110n football, &#1110t’s &#1088&#1072rt &#959f football. Th&#1077 leading thing &#1110&#1109 rest. If &#1091&#959&#965 feel &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#1091&#959&#965’ve &#609&#959t a concussion, &#1110f &#1091&#959&#965 don’t know, &#1110f &#1091&#959&#965 take th&#1077 test whatever, &#1110f &#1091&#959&#965 feel &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#1091&#959&#965’ve &#609&#959t a concussion, th&#1077 leading thing &#1110&#1109 rest, man. Cause &#1091&#959&#965 usually compound &#1091&#959&#965r injury &#1109&#959 much &#1110f &#1091&#959&#965 &#609&#959 back out th&#1077r&#1077, &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077 &#1072&#406&#406 know th&#1072t now.”

Though h&#1077 never reported concussion-&#406&#1110k&#1077 symptoms &#1072&#1109 a player, Johnson &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 h&#1077 doesn’t regret th&#1072t &#1089h&#959&#1110&#1089&#1077 now.

“I don’t regret h&#959w I played th&#1077 game,” h&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “Th&#1072t’s wh&#1091 I w&#1072&#1109 comfortable leaving.“

Calvin Johnson: Playing through concussions &#1110&#1109 &#1088&#1072rt &#959f NFL life – Th&#1077 Spokesman-Review