The problem of concussions in sports aren't an abstract discussion to Taylor Twellman.
"I had seven concussions -- diagnosed concussions, that is -- in my career," said the former soccer star (and leading scorer in New England Revolution history), whose career was ended due to recurring post-concussion symptoms. Twellman, who now works as a part-time host and analyst on Comcast SportsNet New England, played his last game in 2008.
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Since a concussion is an unseen injury -- no crutches, no limp, no timetable for a return -- athletes have historically been unsure how to respond to it.
"As an athlete, you're taught not to really feel pain," Twellman said. "And when you do feel pain, you're taught to ignore it or take a shot for it."
But you can't ignore it. There is no shot for it. It's an injury like no other.
"Literally, you feel sick," said Twellman. "No one can help you. There's no medicine out there that can get rid of concussions and the brain injury that I have."
Which made his play-or-not-to-play decision -- while gutwrenching -- a fairly simple one.
"When a doctor tells you, 'Taylor, do you want to live the rest of your life . . . do you want have the chance to live the rest of your life normal?', you don't really think about soccer," Twellman said.
President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.
At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally.
He also lamented that football has become less violent.
“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara scored late goals and the New England Revolution, with a 2-1 win, denied Toronto FC an opportunity to clinch the Supporters' Shield on Saturday.
Kamara scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute with a header off Nguyen's cross. The Revs (11-4-5) avoided playoff elimination and extended their undefeated streak at home against Toronto FC (18-5-8) to six games. Toronto has three matches remaining to clinch the Shield with a magic number of three points.
Nguyen opened the scoring for New England in the 82nd minute with his 50th career goal, taking Chris Tierney's lead pass from midfield and finishing through a defensive deflection.
Toronto FC's Nicolas Hasler answered two minutes later with a right-footed volley of Michael Bradley's diagonal cross.
Forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore missed the match for Toronto FC, both due to lower body tightness.