A series of investigations and investigations by BBC News have revealed a widespread culture of silence for athletes suffering from brain injuries caused by concussions.
In one of the most comprehensive reports ever carried out into the causes of concussion, the BBC found that nearly a third of sports experts said that it was likely the players themselves had suffered concussions, despite many believing it to be the concussion itself.
The findings also come amid renewed scrutiny of the way in which former world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr was treated by his doctors in his bout against Manny Pacquiao in November.
The American boxer has admitted that he did not receive the same amount of medical attention as other athletes after he suffered a blow to the head during a boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“The first thing he said was, ‘I’ve got to go back and get some tests done,'” Floyd’s father, Joe, told the ABC’s Good Morning Australia.
“He never went back.
I went to see him after that.
He said, ‘You need to do it this way.
You’re a fighter.
You’ve got a chance of winning.'”
In fact, Floyd Mayweather, the world’s richest man, is not the only athlete to suffer a concussion.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Chris Byrd suffered a concussion when he fought boxer Roy Jones Jr. in 2007.
And the former Olympic medal-winning sprinter Tyson Gay, who retired from professional sports in November, also suffered a head injury when he was knocked out by Mayweather in April last year.
Despite these serious injuries, the NFLPA, the National Basketball Association, the US Tennis Association and US Cross Country Club are all working on concussion prevention legislation.
The NFLPA also has launched a website to raise awareness and research the risks of concussions for all athletes.
“We need to make sure that we’re educating our athletes and our coaches, our trainers, and everyone else on what the science is saying,” said NFLPA president Jeff Miller.
“This is a disease of silence that has been going on for years.”
In the same way, the Australian Football League and Australian Football Association have been working together on a similar campaign to increase awareness about concussions in sport.
Meanwhile, the AFL and Australian Rugby League have launched campaigns to educate and inform fans about concussive injuries and support sports medicine professionals who have been directly affected by them.