American great's near death experience

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 11:58
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HEADS INJURIES IN THE SPOTLIGHT: United States Sevens stalwart Zack Test has announced his retirement following a severe brain bleed as the result of a head collision.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, the 28-year-old detailed his decision to step away from rugby.

"For those who are unaware, I suffered a head collision playing against Uruguay in February that resulted in severe brain bleeding. It nearly cost me my life," Test wrote.

"After hundreds of hours of rehab and treatment, I am proud to say I am physically and mentally fully functional.

"It’s hard to describe how thankful I am to be alive and living a normal life.

"After a long discussion with my loved ones, unfortunately, I am retiring from the sport of rugby. Making this decision has been the single hardest act I have ever had to do, I simply cannot risk another injury.

"Players, parents, coaches, and trainers all need to increase awareness of head injuries in the sport and I am committed to help spread the information."

Test steps away following an illustrious 14-year career with the USA Eagles Sevens team, where he ranks second in tries and points scored.

The California native competed in seven tests for the Eagles 15-man side and a USA record 62 Sevens World Series events.

Source: RugbyPass

 

To my family, friends and loved ones around the world, I want to take the time and explain to you all my absence from the beautiful game of rugby. For those who are unaware, I suffered a head collision playing against Uruguay in February that resulted in severe brain bleeding. It nearly cost me my life. If it weren’t for the medical staff at USA Rugby & SAAMC Hospital, it certainly would have - I owe those amazing people my life. After hundreds of hours of rehab and treatment, I am proud to say I am physically and mentally fully functional. It’s hard to describe how thankful I am to be alive and living a normal life. After a long discussion with my loved ones unfortunately, I am retiring from the sport of rugby. Making this decision has been the single hardest act I have ever had to do, I simply cannot risk another injury. Players, parents, coaches, and trainers all need to increase awareness of head injuries in the sport and I am committed to help spread the information. I want to say thank you to everyone that has helped and supported me in my rugby career. From coaches who taught me, to the medical staff that healed me, to the teammates that turned into brothers, and to the wonderful family, friends and fans who motivated me every day to be the best I could be - thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Playing rugby has been the most amazing and enjoyable ride any person could ask for. The life-long memories, friends, and values will stay with me forever. Although my playing days are behind me, my love of rugby will never fade. I am looking forward to passing on the knowledge I have learned in my 14 year career to the next generation. Again, thank you for all your support. May rugby to grow in this country to the level of greatness it deserves and the values that we learn from it spread good throughout our world. God bless and Go Eagles. Sincerely, Zack Test

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