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Popular quote of the day:
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, in the same way, and expecting different results.
No one seems to know with 100% certainty who said this first. Some say Benjamin Franklin; some -- the largest contingent -- say no, it was Einstein; some ascribe it to Alcoholics Anonymous; and some say no, it was author Rita Mae Brown. No one can point to the author.

I don't know what the answer is. I do know it's a brilliant observation on human nature. And wherever else it applies, it applies regarding brain injury in athletes.

From a recent feature in the Abbotsford (BC) News, about hockey player Michael Funk:
After suffering four concussions in 14 months, the former Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks prospect has been advised by neurosurgeons and hockey managers that continuing his pro career could be detrimental to his long-term health...

"I don't want to risk the chance of being out of it, of being in that state anymore," he says. "I've been in that state for long segments of my life, and I would never want to be like that for years, or longer."
But: "I've still got my head wrapped around hockey."

And: "As of right now, I'm not done."
It's hard to know where to begin with that sort of thinking.

Surely, as human beings, we have to sympathize with anyone else's frustration about career disappointments, injuries (of any sort) severe enough to jeopardize one's life's work...

But my gosh. Contemplating  a return to the rink after four (haha) "concussions" in a little over a year -- that's not exactly like a professional typist who keeps banging away at the keyboard despite his or her carpal-tunnel injuries, is it?

How many brain injuries is one too many? I always thought the answer was one.

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