“Injuries,” by Rick Berry

“Today I received an email regarding sporting participants who get concussions. Attached was a ‘New York Times’ online article regarding this problem. This email was about the lack of reporting the seriousness of the injuries by the injured players. These were the star players who thought they would be sidelined if they showed the symptoms and likelihood of a concussion thereby letting their team down.

This problem should not arise for martial arts practitioners but I mention it for the simple reason that many young students practice organized sports in addition to martial arts. I’ve, on occasion, observed a macho streak running through much of organized sports and I call it the ‘win at all costs’ syndrome. And I remember that attitude as the primary cause of ‘Watergate.'”

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