Lately there has been a lot of news about the potential for suffering brain injuries while engaging in certain sports such as football. Recently news broke regarding Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson not being able to practice due to what is believed to be a concussion.
In this case, the brain injury does not appear to have been incurred while taking part in football practice. Instead, it seems to be the result of a car accident the young man was involved in earlier this month. Though details of that August 1 accident are not known, he reportedly received three citations from the Florida High Patrol for a variety of things including:
- Disobeying a traffic sign
- Driving with an expired driver’s license
- Knowingly driving without a license
As a result of those citations he faces a fine of $484.
The news of the offensive lineman’s inability to practice came after he participated in conditioning drills two days early last week. It is not known what his current symptoms are or when he will be fully cleared to practice.
Regular readers of this blog are likely aware that it is good that the apparent concussion is being taken seriously. Individuals who have gone back to participating in games such as football too soon after a brain injury like this often report long-term problems including memory loss, issues with communication and problems with mood swings. Accordingly, it is a good idea to take the necessary time for the injury to heal.
With the start of college football season right around the corner it is likely many Hurricanes’ fans are hoping the player will be back on the field soon.
Source: Miami Herald, “Miami Hurricanes’ Seantrel Henderson was involved in car accident last week,” Manny Navarro, Aug. 10, 2012
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