When a twenty-one year old football star at the University of Pennsylvania committed suicide, coaches and players alike were in shock. The player had never reported any symptoms of depression and was never suspected of suicide. Officials and medical researchers point out an unusual suspect, the football helmet. Research has shown that concussions no matter how severe can lead to serious injury at a later date. Repeated concussions can lead to a medical condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, which is a severe brain injury caused by repeat trauma.
In the NFL both the league and Players Associations are trying to promote awareness of this condition. Former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver and special teams captain Sean Morey along with one hundred and fifty (150) other former NFL players have agreed to donate their brains to Boston Universities Medical School program to study sports related brain injuries.
The same lessons on the football field can be applied in car accident victims, Oracle Law Group urges people who are injured in a car accident to seek treatment as soon as possible. The symptoms of concussions are rapid breathing, vomiting, blurred vision, slowing or quickening of pulse, unconsciousness in extreme cases and headaches. These symptoms can last for extended periods of time and should be brought to the attention of a physician.