Dustin Fink gets worked up when he talks about football. An "unabashed" Denver Broncos fan, he clears his schedule to watch games, and he loves the memories of a lifelong passion that each play evokes.
But many games bring up another emotion, too, for Fink: He feels like a hypocrite.
An athletic trainer at a high school in central Illinois, Fink manages The Concussion Blog, which tracks and discusses issues of head trauma in sports and beyond. As he learns more and more about the potential long-term health problems associated with head collisions, it becomes increasingly difficult for him to watch football games, Fink said. But he can't quite tear himself away.
"Football is a beautiful, violent sport that I will not stop watching until somebody probably dies on the field," Fink said. "I question my profession and my professional ability: That's what the sport does to you, it's crazy — it's like crack cocaine, right?"