The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has an interesting story about professional football players and concussions. The article discusses how mild traumatic brain injuries from the game impacted the life of former Steelers fullback Merrill Hoge. Mr. Hoge discusses coping strategies which he and his wife developed in order to work within his limitations, as well as the mentality that he and other NFL players share concerning the punishment that they know their brains take on gameday.
One part of the article that resonated with me personally was the following:
There was that time he found himself playing in Kansas City, not Tampa Bay, where he thought he was. He could even hear the ocean.
I believe that statement is a great example of the internal struggle many traumatic brain injury sufferers face. A struggle that those fortunate enough not to experience such an injury can only imagine.
You can read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article here.