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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Bennett Omalu, MD is the forensic pathologist who first identified gridiron dementia. He has examined the brains of retired NFL players who suffered from dementia and major depression due to repeated concussions sustained while playing professional football. Dr. Omalu has published extensively in respected scientific journals and is a member of more than 17 professional organizations.

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