Retired Soccer Star Briana Scurry: Sharing "Her Hell"

For a long time after her injury, soccer great Briana Scurry "hid her hell." Now, she knows that that was not the right thing to do and she wants to teach others to become more open and understanding about concussion.

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[Briana Scurry] Well, the team reacted well to my injury, but I think what's most interesting, that I've discovered in the last several months— sorry. In the last several months, is—people that saw me— teammates that saw me the last few years, all say, "Bri, I didn't know—I had no idea you were going through all this— I had no idea what was happening." And that's part of the rub of it, right? You can't see the concussion—you can see a person's torn ACL, you can see a person's dealing with a shoulder injury, but with concussion, you can't see it. So I was able—for periods of time— to battle through and be and look fine. But after that event or after that dinner— at the evenings—the shooting headache pain, the dizziness, the loss of memory and the frustration I felt— just had to shut down and close my eyes. That's the hell I was actually dealing with, and I was able to hide it from a lot of people, and that's, unfortunately, not the right thing to do. That's what I did, and that's why I'm talking about it now— try to get people to be more understanding and open about it.
Posted on BrainLine January 22, 2014.

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

About the author: Briana Scurry

Briana 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.

Briana Scurry