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Retired football player brings awareness to brain injuries

Serious brain injuries among high-profile athletes, especially those who have played in the NFL, are coming to the forefront of today's media. One retired NFL player has made it his life's passion to learn all he can about concussions and help his fellow players.

Sean Morey, who was part of the Pittsburgh Steelers team that won the Super Bowl in 2006, says he has post-concussion syndrome and requires a cocktail of medications. He takes one medicine to help alleviate debilitating headaches, an anti-depressant to help him deal with anger outbursts, another medication to improve his focus and yet another to help him sleep.

Morey reported that he suffered numerous concussions, well over 20, during his career. Retired in 2010, he founded the NFL Players Association's committee on traumatic brain injury and now spends his time advocating for the health of those still playing and those already retired.

Morey is not the only player to deal with these kinds of symptoms after a concussion or other serious brain injury, and more than 50 players who donated their brains to science upon their deaths showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is a progressive degenerative disease.

A $765 million concussion settlement is currently being reviewed by a U.S. District judge, but Morey is trying to make sure that the settlement is fair to all players who suffered brain injuries from their time in the NFL and not just for those with the more serious complications.

While this news is great for high-profile athletes, regular citizens who suffer traumatic brain injuries through no fault of their own also deserve reasonable compensation. A thorough understanding of the laws and guidelines involved can help victims get compensation toward medical expenses and long-term care.

Source: kplu.org, "Sidelined by brain injury, ex-NFL player copes with 'desperation'" Melissa Block, Jan. 31, 2014

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