Why Retired Soccer Star Briana Scurry Is Speaking Out About Concussion

[Briana Scurry] I felt that— I may have something to share with this experience and my journey with concussion. And I felt that there's a lot of talk about football players and—getting concussions, and hockey players, and I realized that there wasn't a lot of talk about the frequency with females, and how women tend to suffer injuries alone and how this injury is a hard injury for anyone to deal with, man or female. And I wanted to share my experience, and I felt I could help people. Because over the course of the 3 years, I would do an occasional speaking engagement or a roundtable, and oftentimes after these events parents and their kids would come up to me, "I play soccer— I've suffered my third concussion—I'm 15— and I don't know what's wrong—I want help, what do I do?" And then the parent would say, "Yeah, she's still suffering— but we don't know how to interact with her. She sits up in her room all day, and we don't know what to do." And that's when I started to realize—you know what— somebody that has had some success in the athletic world— someone that's female— someone who isn't ashamed to talk about the dark side of it, which is the emotional side—and I was like, I can—I can do this. Maybe this is what I'm supposed to do. To raise awareness and bring some light to female concussion and concussion in soccer. And just get out there and let people know that there are things that can be done— you've just got to find the right people.

As someone who had a phenomenal career in professional soccer and that had a career-ending head injury, Briana Scurry knows she can help other female — and male — athletes.

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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.

Posted on BrainLine January 22, 2014

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

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