Football players experience multiple head injuries throughout their career and repetitive brain trauma can lead to subdural hematoma - a brain bleed. Although helmets protect the skull from fractures, there isn’t much to protect the brain – which floats in a cushion of water. When there is severe impact to the head, the brain slams into the walls of your skull. Side effects can include depression, slurred speech, suicidal thoughts, headaches, changes in personality, and more.
Besides the serious effects, the most dangerous aspect of head injuries is that sometimes they don't show up on scans or images. Multiple mini head injuries can be a silent killer.
Will I encourage my son to play football? It depends. Right now, the risks are too dangerous. We need more studies on the subject, better equipment, and better rules to protect players.
Perhaps when Trey is older football will be less dangerous. For now, my family remains loyal Packers and Steelers fans, and just like many other families, we will need to make some decisions about this as new medical information emerges.