Thought concussions were just a football thing? Yeah… About that.
Former New England Revolution soccer player Taylor Twellman was a star on the pitch until head troubles set in and derailed his career. Let’s be honest, he’s probably one of the few soccer players the common Boston sports fan has heard of. I really can’t name any more off the top of my head.
But since his career ended due to concussions, he has made a name for himself as an analyst. On top of that too, he’s also going around the state of Massachusetts to raise awareness for concussions.
He and the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) have teamed up using the ThinkTaylor Foundation, his charity, to go around visiting a handful of schools to talk about concussions and the safety protocols involved. Students wore orange to promote concussion awareness.
As some might know, there have been a growing number of concussions in soccer with an increased participation rate. But there is a risk in every single sport, so athletes always need to take the right precautions to lower the chance of receiving the injury.
For those of you who stuck around and have no idea who Taylor Twellman is, I thank you. And now, I’ll tell you a little bit about him.
He was probably the best player in Revs history. He was a forward for them from 2002 to 2009. He became the youngest player in MLS history to score 100 goals. He won MLS MVP in 2005. And yes, he is the Revs’ all-time goal-scoring leader. He even represented America as he was a member of the US National team from 2002 to 2008.
Pretty much, he was great.
Twellman suffered a concussion in 2008 that essentially derailed his career. And albeit he has not played a game of soccer this decade professionally, he is just 36 years old.