When it comes to football’s concussion crisis, a picture has been painted with two clear sides. On one side are the concerned parents, media, and researchers. On the other are the players, who continue blocking and tackling, dismissive of the potential neurological effects.
Football players like John Arena prove it’s not so clear cut. The All-Conference senior linebacker at Johns Hopkins finished this past season with 48 tackles for the 10-1 Blue Jays. He has no regrets about his 13 years playing the sport. At the same time, he’s aware of the dangers of concussions. A neuroscience major with a 4.0 GPA, Arena was named the Academic All-American of the Year for Division III football. For the past year he has worked in a neuropathology lab at Hopkins studying traumatic brain injury.