Head Bangers

“This was likely not Rice’s first concussion. He started playing tackle football as a 10-year-old Pee Wee, and bumped a lot of heads as he grew into a teenage O-lineman and football star with both the Centennial High School Coyotes and Calgary Colts. “I’m sure I’ve had a few other concussions that weren’t that bad, and I played through them,” he says. One can hardly fault Rice’s sense of invincibility—the 17-year-old stands 6’4″ and weighs 270 pounds—but even he could tell this concussion was different. He suffered headaches and occasional loss of balance for about two weeks. Bright lights and loud noises made him flinch. Some consider Rice not merely the victim of a hit, but of an epidemic.”

Marcello Di Cintio – Alberta Views – September 2017

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