(PRWEB) May 05, 2012
Football history lost a great player and Hall of Fame-er when Junior Seau committed suicide yesterday. Therapist and football fan Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil urges scientific community to use Seau's death as a call to action to further study the link between suicides and concussions. Football players often sustain multiple concussions throughout their career, and as players' lives end in tragedy the connection must be explored. Seau played in the 1994 Superbowl - eight defensive players from that Superbowl team have passed away. Some people are wondering if Seau was trying to hurt himself several years ago when he had a car accident
Dr. Bonnie commends Roger Goodell, the current NFL commissioner, for making it his mission to change the culture and safety of football by imposing stricter penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct and anything that can cause concussions especially if it's done purposefully. Dr. Bonnie suggests that "concussions may have a longer lasting impact than we're currently aware of. Given that previous team mates and other football players have committed suicide, it's reasonable to think there may be a connection." Additionally, she worries that Seau was affected by these deaths almost "like a contagion."
She also worries about other ways that repeated physical damage can take its long-term toll, such as playing out in relationship or financial trouble. "It's important to know how brain injury and the impact of multiple concussions affected whether or not he killed himself, and if he had financial or marital problems because of irrational thinking," she says, "which would be coming from concussions and depression." People in these situations have feelings of emptiness, of being cornered with no way out, feeling lost and alone which can explain why they turn to suicide.
Dr. Bonnie is encouraged that the NFL is studying and learning more about these injuries. "We've learned that concussions can cause depression, dementia, memory loss, poor judgment - and possibly affect relationships long-term," she says. Thankfully, the NFL is working on new penalties and rules to minimize this.
Whether or not the suicide was related to repeated, sustained concussions, it's very important that the NFL is stepping up once again to protect football players and families. Perhaps Seau's death was a cry for help for people to learn more about the impact of injury. Says Dr. Bonnie: "So his death isn't in vain we need to learn from this - perhaps he was paving the way to greater understanding."
His death shakes us to our core - it is a call to understand brain injuries more, and protect players and their families. Dr. Bonnie says her heart goes out to Seau's family, teammates, and loved ones.
Dr. Bonnie is a relationship expert and author of the books Make Up Don't Break Up, and Financial Infidelity. To see her talking more about moving past tragedy, click here: http://youtu.be/a-hlUgnwLXc. For more on the roles of finances in the lives of football players: http://bit.ly/J4b6wn