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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury , or TBI, is a trauma to your brain that occurs as a result of a blow to the head, resulting in loss of consciousness, amnesia after experiencing the brain trauma, confusion or a sense of disorientation, or some type of neurological issue. A brain trauma can affect one's memory, ability to learn, ability to pay attention, and executive functions such as logic and decision-making.

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Football is a national pastime and obsession. Many kids dream of playing in college and joining the NFL when they are old enough to play professionally. Chris Borland made a choice: Play the game he loved and risk brain injury and incapacitation, or play on, make oodles of money and see how it went. He assessed the risks and found that he wasn't willing to take chances on injuring his brain. So he passed on football to go into private life and pursue other interests. Some saw this as inconceivable but his parents, retired players and friends applauded him for being mature enough to make the decision that was right for him, however unpopular that decision may be to others.