JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Concussion research is rearing back and throwing a touchdown to help keep players of all ages safe.
Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program Director Bob Sefcik says, "Concussions are brain injuries so if you just think about it like that they're very serious." That's the case for Jaguars linebacker Clint Session.
Session suffered three concussions last season, two of them in the same game. Since then, he's spent the last seven months recovering. And fans are wondering what's taking so long. "Everybody progresses at an individual rate and sometimes we will see long term symptoms," says Sefcik.
Which could be the case for session. Action News asks, "Could this possibly be the end of his career?" Sefcik says, "I'm not specifically sure on Clint's case, but concussions can be a season ending or a career ending injury."
He says it may be precautionary, especially after the three recent deaths of former NFL players Junior Seau, Ray Easterling, and Dave Duerson. Sefcik says, "The NFL has so many safety parameters in place they're going to do whatever they can to protect their athletes."
And it's the same for student athletes. Each young athlete is required to have a health screening before they're eligible to play. And groups like Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program are designed to spread the word about the importance of athletic safety. "We're at the beginning of an education era as far as concussion goes. That's our main focus is to educate everyone," he says.
Coming up this Saturday, Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program will offer free health screenings to roughly 1500 student athletes in the area.