PTSD: CHARLIE BRADSHAW KENTUCKY FOOTBALL. Frequently, fromer Bradshaw UK Football Athletes contact me. In response today, February 10, 2017, to a Bradshaw UK Football Abused Terrrific Athlete. 57 years after Bradshaw UK Football, the nightmare continues for many former UK football athletes:
Dear……, I feel your pain about UK Bradshaw Football deep into my bones. I am so sorry you have suffered from his torment and mistreatment.
Recently, someone asked me why loud noises shake me; make me flinch, jerk and react. I explained, that even though I am 74 years old, I remain ‘shell-shocked’ from Bradshaw UK football. I am still a ‘punch-drunk Joe Paloocka’, to some extent. With age it worsens.
Like your team, my teammates and I were physically and psychologically conditoned like ‘Pavlov dogs’, drilled and repeatedly concussed and dingend-on-the-head to ‘fire-out’ at the ‘drop of a hat’, an instant signal or usually humiliating, derogatory scream. Some, who were singled out to be “ran-off” (sic) the screams were often followed by coaches’ kicking or head butting the player’s nose (face guards were one bar or no bar), knocking out or losening a players’ teeth and several coaches jumping the unsuspecting athlete and then with fists beating him
And like you, tough football didn’t bother us. We grew up in tough football. Injuries sustained from the legal play of football were often ‘sucked-up’ and ‘played-through’, but, emotional and physical mistreatment, that crossed the line and emotional and physical abuse did bother us. The coaches abnormal behaviors confused our mental concepts of how the game of football is properly played and the fundamentals of sportsmanship. Nightmareish Bradshaw UK Football has bothered us for a lifetime with PTSD.
There are 2 persistent messages derived from Bradshaw UK Abusive football:
1. Coaches should not Physically and Psychologically (Emotional) mistreat and abuse their Athletes
2. Athlete Victims who suffer from Physical and Emotional mistreatment and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) should:
• Come to grips with the causes of their Abuse and Trauma
• Come to grips with their persistent recurring symptoms
• Become Educated about their Physical and Emotional mistreatment and PTSD
• Employ Anxiety Management; seek advice and instruction.
• Explore ways to cope with the emotional and physiological reactions that occur secondary to re-experiencing the Trauma that is stored in their memory, other internal and external persistent injuries, reminders and situations.
• Revisit the Trauma
• Don’t bury the Trauma in your mind
• Discuss the Trauma with you Teammates, others and professionals
• Pray about the Traumatic Events
• Write a letter to the perpetrator, wad it up, throw it in the garbage and move on
• Personal Forgiveness of the Perpetrators is different from Reconciliation
• Reconciliation can occur when the Perpetrator Apologizes to you directly
• Realize that True Justice is for God alone
• Deal with the Trauma. Otherwise the Trauma will “eat at you the rest of your life”
• Seek professional medical and psychological help if indicated
The sobering facts about our UK football experiences are that our obligations to family, the human race, and the Almighty, as the result of our blessings, are more important, than football. You were a magnifificient football player. ……. Go with God’s Speed.
The Thin Thirty, Book, 2007 by Shannon Ragland, Set Shot Press, gives a marvelous account of the UK Football Tragedy.