That’s what happens during/after a concussion, and by the time this takes place, there’s not much room for behavior adjustment on the part of the concussed individual.
The time for adjustment is actually before the event has a chance to take place, and/or after, led by an outside observer who can objectively direct the next actions to take. The person who’s been concussed / sustained a mild traumatic brain injury is in no shape to be calling the shots. When you let them decide what to do, you get situations like Second Impact Syndrome, or pro football players returning to play in the same game, then having seizures on their way home .
It’s when the people in charge don’t make the right calls, or they shirk their duty to protect… or they care more about winning than about the well-being of those who serve them (like in the case of my father-in-law who was shot up three times and sent back to the front twice, before they finally let him come home)… that we get into trouble. When our whole society, our whole culture is so steeped in the need to win, the desire to be Better Than, that we willingly send our strongest and healthiest into harms way to be torn down to nothing — maybe not right away, but give it a few decades — then our society can expect to find itself footing the bill in some way, on down the line.
We concuss our student athletes regularly. We have coaches and managers who are more interested in winning than protecting the brains of their star players. Some of our brightest and best are being sacrificed for the glory of Friday night lights, as well as the battlefields overseas. In another 20-30 years, if we have a healthcare crisis on our hands around these “gladiators” who have all sorts of complications… and we have a workforce crisis around a whole lot of folks who are not performing up their full potential thanks to combat TBI and sport-concussion-induced cognitive decline… and we’ve never lifted a finger to actually address these issues when they were still fresh and (perhaps) manageable, then we have only ourselves to thank.
What do we expect?