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Report: Former NFL player’s body exhumed for brain study

The body of former NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher was exhumed Friday in order to perform tests on his brain, a lawyer for the player’s family told the Kansas City Star.

Attorney Dirk Vandever told the newspaper that Belcher’s family hopes tests will provide a clue as to why the four-year veteran of the Kansas City Chiefs shot his longtime girlfriend to death then killed himself about a year ago.

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Ryan Freel had CTE, parents say

Ryan Freel, a former Major League Baseball player who committed suicide last year, was suffering from the degenerative brain disease CTE, his family said Sunday, according to The Florida Times-Union.

The brain of Freel, who retired in 2010 after having reportedly sustained nine or 10 concussions during his career, was studied after his death by the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and Sports Legacy Institute.

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What a concussion looks like inside your brain

Concussions and traumatic brain injuries have been receiving national attention lately. Former football players reached a $765 million settlement against the NFL stemming from a lawsuit where they claimed to have memory loss, depression, headaches and dizziness after multiple head injuries during their careers. It’s not just athletes; the U.S. Department of Defense estimates that 22 percent of all combat injuries are traumatic brain injuries.

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After the Crash: A Closer Look at the Rising Incidence of Brain Injury

The rewards of risk are fueling a catastrophic increase in TBIs. How can we protect ourselves?

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Bill cosponsors hope to get a handle on concussions

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, and Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., are cosponsors of a bill that threatens to withhold federal funding from colleges and universities that do not work to protect their student-athletes. Yesterday, they invited lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff to an hourlong briefing on the issue of concussions in sports.

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Brain damage concussion fears seep into rugby and soccer

Rugby and soccer players who suffer multiple knocks to the head during their careers are at added risk of brain damage that could lead to dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases, brain scientists are warning.

Just as some American football players and boxers have been found to have long-term cognitive deficits after suffering repeated head blows or concussions during play, so soccer and rugby players must be made aware of the same dangers.

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NFL players found to have ‘pronounced abnormalities’ in brain function according to new study

Unusual activity in the frontal lobe, observed in former National Football League (NFL) players as they carried out a cognitive test, matched records for heavy blows they had received to the head while on the field.

“The NFL alumni showed some of the most pronounced abnormalities in brain activity that I have ever seen,” said lead author Adam Hampshire, a neuroscientist at Imperial College London.

“(The) level of brain abnormality correlates strongly with the measure of head impacts of great enough severity to warrant being taken out of play.

“It is highly likely that damage caused by blows to the head accumulate towards an executive impairment in later life.”


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Rugby death is first of its kind in Northern Ireland

The coroner at the hearing in Belfast said it was also “probably” the first such case in the UK. Ben Robinson, from Carrickfergus, County Antrim, died after suffering concussion during a school rugby match.

The syndrome happens when a blow causes swelling to the brain before it has recovered fully from an earlier injury.  The schoolboy was in several heavy tackles before collapsing near the end of the game in January 2011.

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Soccer star confronts the concussion that killed her career and clouded her life

Briana Scurry couldn’t be sure if it was the painkillers or the fact that surgeons had just plucked pea-size balls of damaged tissue from the back of her head. But when the two-time Olympic goalkeeper and Women’s World Cup champion awoke at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital on Oct. 18,  the headache that had hijacked her life for the past 3-1/2 years was gone.

Since an April 2010 game, when an overeager forward slammed into Scurry, that headache chased her from one defeat to another: forcing her to quietly retire from soccer, tripping her up during a short-lived gig with ESPN and finally pushing her into depression. Her roommate would come home from work and find Scurry listless on the couch, where she’d been all afternoon.

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Rugby and concussion: Are big hits bringing big headaches?

Under the previous IRB approach, any player suspected of suffering from concussion had to leave the pitch and take a week off, a period already reduced from three weeks under an earlier rule. The new guidelines say a player can return to the game just five minutes after the injury, providing a medical inspection clears him of concussion.

“For someone with suspected concussion, all the top scientists say you take them off and watch them that night,” says O’Driscoll, who played in the 1971 Five Nations Championship.

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