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The W - Football - Ties between football concussion, depression, suicide?
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This is regarding a recent story regarding the suicide of one former Eagles DB Andre Waters. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, which is being attributed to brain damage received from years of playing football.

ESPN.com - NFL - Ex-NFL player's suicide linked to brain damage

One of the really interesting parts of this story, though, is who is pushing for this study to link brain damage, suicide, depression, and football.


    According to The Times story, written by Alan Schwartz, Chris Nowinski, a former Harvard football player and professional wrestler who has suffered a number of concussions, started the inquiry. He called the Waters family to request permission to use remaining parts of Waters' brain for testing. The family agreed and signed release forms in mid-December. Four pieces of Waters' brain were sent from the Hillsborough County, Fla., medical examiner's office to Pittsburgh for testing by Dr. Omalu.


Yeah, THAT Chris Nowinski. Whether there are any connections made remain to be seen and the results should be interesting. But at the very least, it's nice to see Nowinski getting work after his WWE career.




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    Originally posted by It's False
    Yeah, THAT Chris Nowinski. Whether there are any connections made remain to be seen and the results should be interesting. But at the very least, it's nice to see Nowinski getting work after his WWE career.
I thought it was pretty well widely known that that's what he's doing now. Along those same lines, he's also written this book (lapublishing.com), which of course you can buy at places like Amazon (The W at Amazon).

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This is also the story of Mike Webster, center for the Steelers during the glory years

Click Here (sports.espn.go.com)

5 part series and a great read

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The Times story itself can be found at: Click Here (nytimes.com)

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Exerpt: The Waters discovery began solely on the hunch of Chris Nowinski, a former Harvard football player and professional wrestler whose repeated concussions ended his career, left him with severe migraines and depression, and compelled him to expose the effects of contact-sport brain trauma. After hearing of the suicide, Mr. Nowinski phoned Mr. Waterss sister Sandra Pinkney with a ghoulish request: to borrow the remains of her brothers brain.

The condition that Mr. Nowinski suspected might be found in Mr. Waterss brain cannot be revealed by a scan of a living person; brain tissue must be examined under a microscope. You dont usually get brains to examine of 44-year-old ex-football players who likely had depression and who have committed suicide, Mr. Nowinski said. Its extremely rare.
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You can say that again, Chris Harvard.



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