No one should be surprised that football players still hide their concussion symptoms from the team.
It’s the competitive nature of the game, knowing there is someone looking to replace them and if they aren’t on the field, they may lose their job. So for them, dealing with a small migraine or a dizzy spell here and there is minor in comparison to losing a paycheque.
A recent study shows that a quarter of the over 400 CFL players polled said they believed they had a concussion in the 2015 season.
The biggest surprise is over 80 percent of those players said they hid symptoms from their team.
That’s roughly 80 players or nine per team hiding concussions. That’s why the league should stop taking so much heat for not doing enough about brain injuries. They can only do so much when the players impacted don’t report symptoms.
And maybe we should be less critical of teams who seemingly rush players back too soon from a head injury because clearly, that team may not be getting the full story from their player.