The recent death of former professional football player Junior Seau has many pondering the long-term effects of a profession that can lead to repetitive brain injuries. Research has shown that a traumatic brain injury can have serious long-term complications if it is not properly addressed. According to one neuropsychologist, repetitive brain injuries can cause serious damage, and many physicians would agree.
Reports indicate that the former football player shot and killed himself. Following the tragedy, questions erupted from the media and medical professionals alike: Could Seau have been afflicted with depression that was caused by brain injuries he could have received while playing football? If so, what can be done to address the issues that may arise and how can medicine better understand them?
According to NBC Sports, Boston University has requested Seau’s brain so that it can be studied. This could uncover any traumatic brain conditions that he may have had, allowing others to better comprehend them.
Previously, another former football player committed suicide in a similar manner. Before shooting himself, he had left a note requesting that his brain be donated to Boston University so that research could be conducted.
The university’s research has found a form of dementia that can be caused by repetitive brain injuries. It is known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy and can lead to serious complications. Anyone in Ohio with a job that has caused them a serious brain injury should be wary of the dangers that are involved with such a position. If the fault for the injury can be attributed to the employer, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation.
Source: NECN, “Neuropsychologist: Repetitive brain injury is really serious,” May 3, 2012