Reporter Jason Galloway took a look at the impact of head trauma throughout the football ranks in this award-winning series from the Wisconsin State Journal.
Concussions and head trauma have affected multiple generations of UW players. Many of them joined lawsuits against the NFL over this issue, and at least half a dozen cut their UW careers short due to head injuries this decade.
Tony Megna, who developed his expertise after head trauma caused him to leave UW’s football program in 2009, is one of multiple former Badgers football players to seek unconventional treatments for brain health after retiring.
The NCAA and other athletic associations face a massive challenge: How to convey newly discovered information on head trauma in a way that ultimately changes the ingrained behavior of players and teams.
Those involved in the entry level of the game continue to hold hope that children aren’t being directly exposed to long-term health issues.