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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring after 18 seasons in NASCAR on his own terms following a number of concussions received in racing, including one that sidelined him from the final 18 races of the 2016 season.

NASCAR's most popular driver struggled with his balance and vision for weeks last year, stemming from a crash at Michigan in June that forced Earnhardt to seek medical attention and quit racing under doctors' orders at New Hampshire nearly four weeks later. 

Earnhardt told team owner Rick Hendrick his intentions to retire after this season on March 29, and had made the decision himself shortly before that. His contract with Hendrick Motorsports was set to expire after this year, but most had expected the 43-year-old to re-sign and continue racing.
Earnhardt first endured a concussion in the Fontana race in April 2002 but did not disclose the injury until September while continuing to race. Ten years later, Earnhardt sustained two concussions in six weeks, one he self-diagnosed at a tire test in Kansas and another after a big crash at Talladega. Afterward, he voluntarily went to a doctor for an evaluation and had to sit out two Chase races in October because of the injury. 
Junior said during an emotional retirement press conference earlier this year he still plans to race two Xfinity Series races in 2018 with the team he owns and still plans to be involved in NASCAR, a sport his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr. needed persuasion to let him join. 

More on the transition of this popular athlete, CLICK HERE.
Professional bull rider Ty Pozzobon’s donated brain has revealed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to researchers from the University of Washington.
It is the first confirmed case of a professional bull rider with CTE, a disease known to affect boxers, football players, and other athletes who sustain numerous concussions.
Pozzobon’s brain was donated to traumatic brain injury research earlier this year, after he died by suicide on January 9.

Following his death, a family spokesperson said 25-year-old Pozzobon had suffered from depression, anxiety and the effects of a number of concussions he had sustained in recent years as a bull rider.

Pozzobon’s family arranged to have his brain donated to the University of Washington School of Medicine Neuropathology Core, a medical research group that works on traumatic brain injuries and concussions. Leanne Pozzobon, Ty’s mother, said at the time that, “It’s important that people know about the implications of head injuries as a result of concussions.”
Those implications are becoming clearer now, following the study of Pozzobon’s brain.

On Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 10), UW Medicine researchers Dr. C. Dirk Keene and Dr. Christine MacDonald announced they had concluded that Pozzobon had “neuropathologic changes diagnostic of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE),” making Pozzobon the first confirmed case of CTE in a professional bull rider.

 Brain Injury Awareness hits yet another sport, CLICK HERE
Michael Phelps, Serena Williams, Jerry West, Theo Fleury, David Freese, Terry Bradshaw – they've won Olympic gold medals, Wimbledon crowns, NBA Championships, Stanley Cups, Cy Young Awards and Super Bowls. Along with achieving their sport's ultimate success, these professional athletes also share something else:  depression .

Depression knows no boundaries. It can afflict anyone – even those who seem to be, quite literally, at the top of their game. Professional and top-level amateur athletes face the same  risk factors for depression  as everyone else. But they also  face stressors  that mere athletic mortals don't experience. "There are factors in an athlete's life that are not in the everyday person's life that would make them more prone [to depression]," says Dr. Ronald L. Kamm, a psychiatrist who subspecializes in sport psychiatry and is the director of Sport Psychiatry Associates in Oakhurst, New Jersey.

At the top of that list: "They are under pressure to win, which you and I don't have," says Kamm, who works with local amateur and pro athletes and is a past president of the International Society for Sport Psychiatry. And that pressure is magnified by the spotlight that shines on athletes. "No one is watching you do your job, but when [athletes] are performing at a high level, all the cameras are on you," says Dr. Eric Morse, a sports psychiatrist with Carolina Performance in Raleigh, North Carolina and the sports psychiatrist for North Carolina State University. "Especially in the  day of social media , everything is so accessible. It has changed in the past decade, where anyone can criticize you on social media. That is a unique challenge as well," says Morse, who is also a past president of the International Society for Sport Psychiatry and previously worked with the University of North Carolina, University of Maryland and the Baltimore Orioles.

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 2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called  flow .

During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance.  Flow: The Psychology of Optimal

Experience  teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.
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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

There is only one way to avoid criticism:
do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing."

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