I can’t say enough in this blog about the effects of sports concussions on athletes – both professional and youth. A story in the January 18 New York Times discusses the suicide of former NFL star Andre Waters.
Experts believe his depression and following death were caused by brain damage caused by numerous concussions. Dr. Bennet Omalu of the University of Pittsburgh likened Waters brain tissue to that of an 85-year-old man in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. More research is now being done with retired professional football players to discover the long-term effects of suffering repeated concussions.
We can only hope that these findings and further research will keep athletes from being sent back into play after they experience a concussion.
You can read the story here (registration required).