Retired Soccer Star Briana Scurry on What a Concussion Feels Like

After she was hit in the April 2010 game, retired soccer star Briana Scurry felt off balance, sensitive to light and sound, nauseated, and felt intense pain in her head and neck.

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[Briana Scurry] When I was on the field, it was alarming, because— it started out as just a little bit of—like—dizziness, you know—that—tipping over, and—just—there was pain on my left, and on my right. So she hit me on my right, so I had pain in my head, because I had a knock, right? But I also noticed that there was pain coming from my left ear—behind my left ear. And—but this pain was more, so this was the pain I remembered— in the beginning—the most. And as time went on, both areas hurt. So I just figured—okay, I've got a headache. That makes sense—I got hit. I got memory loss, because I couldn't remember the words— I didn't feel well—I didn't feel totally nauseous, but I just—just the—being tipped, and off-balance, makes you feel ill in general, so I think it was from that. You know, I had sensitivity to the light, sensitivity to sound— I knew I wasn't okay— but it wasn't the first time I ever had a concussion, so I was thinking—just give me a few days, and I'll be alright. I'm like—okay, take me out of the game, I'm good with that— because I probably couldn't see the ball, anyway, after a while. But I didn't worry about any long-term effects, because I knew that, soon, I would be fine. But unfortunately, I'm still waiting for that—to be fine.
Posted on BrainLine January 22, 2014.

Produced by Christian Lindstrom, 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