San Francisco, California – Just last season Chris Borland was playing his rookie season in the NFL. The led the San Francisco 49ers in tackles, and was a stand out player on the field. Citing personal concerns about his own health, and particularly head trauma he decided it was time to retire. For many, just being able to get into the NFL might be a dream come true, as it was for Chris Borland, but after getting on the field and giving it his all, he decided it wasn’t worth keeping it up.
49er Chris Borland Retiring After Rookie Season Due To Head Trauma
Brain Injuries are a serious condition among professional athletes in contact sports. The NFL players have been trying for decades to get the league to conduct more medical research on the effect concussions and other head trauma have on players long term. There was a trend of serious brain injuries among NFL players, that not even modern protective equipment could fully prevent.
Some may criticize Borland for his early exit from the 49ers, especially after the team management and lineup has gone through so many changes. Some might wonder if he was just using it as an excuse to jump ship, but it actually sounds like he is leaving the sport for good.
It can take only one significant hit for a player to suffer a life altering brain injury. The effects can lead to loss in vision, motor skills, and mental instability. Those who suffer serious brain injuries during their career are also at higher risk for sudden death and other life threatening conditions later in life too. It is ultimately up to each player to take care of their body, to practice and perform with the best possible techniques, and also to decide when to call it quits.
49er Chris Borland Retiring After Rookie Season Due To Head Trauma.