Athlete's Brain Might Help Solve Link Between Concussions & Suicide
May 07, 2012 15:11
The recent tragic suicide of a San Diego Chargers linebacker might soon help scientists in discovering the link between traumatic brain injury and depression.
Researchers at Boston Unicersity School of Medicine were given approval by Junior Seau's family to study his brain for evidence of damage as a result of concussions. LA Times reports:
“The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they didn’t want to make any emotional decisions,” San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell said. The family wants “to help other individuals down the road.”
The researchers noted similarities between Seau’s death and that of
former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, who committed suicide in 2011. They believe Duerson suffered from a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions,
and that played a role in triggering his depression.