Dec 22, 2011

Concussions Claim Another Player

DC United's Devon McTavish announced his retirement from soccer today after missing most of 2011 season after suffering a concussion in a pres-season friendly. Apparently on medical advice, the 27 year old will leave the professional game having spent five seasons (86 appearances-69 starts) with the Black and Red.

McTavish is another in a growing list of players leaving the professional game as a result of concussions or concussion related symptoms. While there is little that can be done to prevent concussions from happening, and certainly I don't suggest that players continue their careers against the medical advice of doctors, you have to wonder if there are any treatments on the horizon that can help prevent good players like Taylor Twellman and Devon McTavish from having to leave the game at the height of their careers.

Good luck to Devon, thanks for the many years of service.

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