Patrick Strohecker, 505-5402/@P_Strohecker
Concussions are hardly a new revelation.
However, their long-term health effects are, which is the main reason why the attention surrounding head injuries is at an all-time high.
It all started in 2002 in Pittsburgh with a little-known Nigerian doctor named Bennet Omalu. He’s credited with discovering CTE, the degenerative disease in a human’s brain caused by repeated blows to the head, when he examined the brain of deceased former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Mike Webster. CTE is commonly found in the brains of boxers. Webster died suddenly at the age of 50 after struggling with years of mental impairment, depression, mood swings, drug use and suicide attempts.
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