VILLANOVA PA – Only 33, Brian Westbrook already suffers from short-term memory loss. He can’t remember names, recall facts or retain new material moments after he has been told them. Westbrook can trace his health problems to at least a pair of concussions suffered during a shortened nine-year career.
A former All-Pro running back for the Philadelphia Eagles, Westbrook fears more debilitating symptoms are ahead. “Hopefully, they won’t continue to progress,” he said in a report by The Associated Press.
Westbrook is the latest in a list of former athletes who hope to bring greater awareness to concussions and the lingering effects that ruin the quality of life. Westbrook, former Philadelphia Flyers captain Keith Primeau, and other head safety advocates took part Friday (March 15, 2013) at Villanova University in a panel discussion of the “Concussion Conundrum.” The program was part of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium.