In the first episode of the UCLA BrainSPORT Podcast, Adel sat down with NFL veteran Earl Watford and leading Concussion expert and Director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, Dr. Christopher Giza discussed concussions in Football.
Part 2 of this episode is a very honest, transparent, and informative conclusion to the episode. This part picks up with further discussion on Earl’s personal experience with concussion in football thus far, and his current thoughts and feelings regarding his potential future encounters with concussions.
The group then discusses the effect of repeated concussions, CTE, and persistent post – concussion symptoms. The episode concludes with a discussion on the attachment of an athletes’ identity to their sport, along with the struggles faced after an athlete’s retirement.
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00:00 – Earl’s current thoughts on Concussion as he plays professional football
02:37 – Earl’s concussion experience
04:29 – Would Earl sit out now if a teammate thought he had a Concussion?
05:24 – Would Earl sit out now if he thought he had a Concussion?
08:15 – Concussion sentiment change in NFL
09:59 – Effects of repeated Concussions
12:34 – CTE and Chronic Post Concussion Symptoms
16:40 – If he could go back, would Earl play football again?
18:00 – Should my children play football?
20:44 – Attachment of an Athlete’s Identity to their Sport
27:30 – Struggles after retirement
30:40 – Earl’s recommendations to help with retirement struggles
32:50 – Final words
35:46 – Outro