What if you played and dedicated yourself to something that was about to pan out and never became a reality? What if you set your sights on an ultimate goal and had it taken away from you? Now what if that could have been staved off, by proper attention to detail and injury?
The last question is hypothetical, but it could be used in the case of Purdue recruit Mike Lee, who will never play due to concussions;
Lee played in one game last season but suffered a concussion in spring practice. The native of North Braddock, Pa., continues to deal with symptoms from the concussion.
Hope said both players will remain on scholarship, but will assume non-playing roles within the program. The scholarships won’t count against the maximum 85 allowed by the NCAA.
“There’s a master plan any time a guy is injured and no longer can participate in the sport,” Hope said. “There will be a couple more (scholarship) spots that will open up that we’ll have to fill.”
Although the article does not say, one can assume due to the nature of the sport the concussion Lee had in Spring probably was not his first. It is tough to be a college recruit for any sport, but football may be the toughest. After all the teams are looking for the best players they can get, and if you are injured then you are no service to them. So, playing in high school with a “little headache” or some residual problems from a big hit may seem small potatoes when a scholarship is looming out there.
Proper handling of the concussion can most likely lead to a full and safe recovery, even in collision sports. Missing a couple of games to get your brain back to health IS small potatoes when it is compared to never playing the sport again.