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Retired Soccer Star Briana Scurry : Message to People Struggling After Concussions Retired Soccer Star Briana Scurry: Message to People Struggling After Concussions

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[Briana Scurry] I feel the message is—keep trying. Don't give up. If you don't feel right, talk to your parents, your coach, teachers. Try to get second, third, fourth opinions if you have to— and get to a person who can actually examine you, and go to a specialist. Don't be afraid to tell your family, your friends, how you feel— that you don't feel quite right, but you don't quite know how to put your finger on it. And don't give up— because for 3½ years I thought, maybe this is going to be my lot— but I didn't want to believe that, and it took some help from other people for me to really say—okay. I'm going to keep going until I find somebody that could help me, because I'm not going to accept that this is going to be the rest of my life. And I absolutely would not accept that if I were 15, or 20, or 25— and I definitely wouldn't accept it if I was the parent of a 13 year old who is having depression and issues, and the doctor tells me that this is just how your kid's going to be. There's no way I'm accepting that.

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If you don't feel right after a concussion, talk to your parents, your coach, your doctor ... get a second, third, fourth opinion ... Do not accept that you will not get better.

See more video clips with soccer great Briana Scurry.

Produced by Christian Lindstrom, Justin Rhodes, and Victoria Tilney McDonough, BrainLine.

Briana ScurryBriana Scurry is widely thought of as one of the world’s best female soccer goalkeepers. After being named starting goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team in 1994, she helped lead the team in two Olympic gold medals (1996 and 2004), a World Cup  championship (1999), and she had 173 international appearances — a record among female soccer players.

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Briana, thank you so much for this important message about learning to listen to our brain. Your message is true for athletes as well as people who fall or are in car accidents or who hurt their heads in some other way. Anne Forrest, PhD

Jan 13th, 2016 5:15pm


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