The life of a top professional athlete involves hard training, plenty of stress, career-threatening injuries and no shortage of money. But now, some high-profile figures — think Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Wales rugby union captain Sam Warburton — have decided at a relatively early age that the glory and the lucre no longer outweigh the pain. The issue of long-lasting injuries, particularly concussion and its ramifications, looms ever larger for anyone looking to take up a contact sport, either as an amateur or a pro. It’s a growing concern for high schools and parents, not to mention the sports leagues that are facing legal suits.
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