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NFL Players Give Away Their Brains

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Posted on Sep 14, 2009
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Recent autopsies on the brains of former football players showed that concussions cause a lot more brain damage than previously suspected. To contribute to a better understanding of the problem, three current and 40 retired NFL players have agreed to donate their brains to a program at Boston University.  —PS

AP via Yahoo:

The donations by Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens, Lofa Tatupu (LOH’-fuh tah-TOO’-poo) of the Seattle Seahawks and Sean Morey of the Arizona Cardinals were announced Monday. Morey says his donation will help improve the safety of retired and future athletes.

The players’ brains and spinal cord tissue will go to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy so researchers can better understand the effects of concussions. More than 150 former athletes, including 40 retired NFL players, already are in the program’s brain donation registry.

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By Random Items, September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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Amazing what you can learn witha microscope.

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By Blackspeare, September 16, 2009 at 5:26 am Link to this comment

@catlady628…

Don’t be a wise ass!!!

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By catlady628, September 16, 2009 at 2:05 am Link to this comment

Well, THERE’S six words I never thought I would hear in the same sentence….

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By Blackspeare, September 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment

It has been known for quite awhile that a concussion is a serious injury and the effects are cumulative as an individual receives further concussions.  The answer is better protective head gear.

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By mill, September 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment

I hope a parallel program is being implemented among professional soccer players as well

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By skulz fontaine, September 14, 2009 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

“We who are about to die, salute you!” Gladiator Nation.

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