Play Hard, Die Young: Football Dementia, Depression, and Death

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Neo-Forenxis Books, 2008 - Medical - 163 pages
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Why do so many retired NFL players lose their hard-earned millions and end up destitute? Why are football players three to five times more likely to develop major depression than their fans? The answer is gridiron dementia, permanent brain damage caused by blows to the head during games or practice. In this book the author launches a national effort to alert players, parents, coaches, trainers, and school administrators to the dangers of repeated concussions.

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Dr. Omalu is board certified in four specialties of medicine: anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, forensic pathology and neuropathology. He holds MPH and MBA degrees and is a certified physician executive [CPE]. He also holds a board certification in medical management awarded by the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Omalu has been retained as an expert witness in forensic pathology, neuropathology and forensic science in thousands of cases in federal, state and county courts across the United States in both civil and criminal cases. Dr. Omalu identified and described Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy [CTE] in American football players beginning in 2002 when he performed an autopsy on Mike Webster. Between 2002 and 2007, Dr. Omalu identified the very first five cases of CTE in football players, and identified the very first case of CTE in a professional American wrestler in 2007 when he examined the brain of Chris Benoit. Dr. Omalu published his first book Play Hard, Die Young: Football Dementia, Depression and Death in 2008. He lives in Lodi, California with his wife Prema Mutiso and their two children, Ashly and Mark.

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