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Concussions & depression

Postby stomperrob » Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:00 pm

CONCUSSIONS: A study of more than 2,500 retired players found that those who had at least three concussions during their careers had triple the risk of clinical depression as those who had no concussions. Those who recalled one or two concussions were 1 1/2 times more likely to be diagnosed with depression, said Kevin Guskiewicz, research director of the University of North Carolina's Center for the Study of Retired Athletes. "The findings of this study are not simply relevant to 50-, 55-year-old, 60-year-old retired athletes," but to those currently playing, he said.

source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel ... hins-front
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Postby Pats4four » Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:33 pm

IMO, too much emphasis is put on getting the players back playing football than getting them fit so that they don't re-injure themselves. The typical case is Dan Morgan who is constantly having concussions, football players are being brought up in a culture where you have to 'play through the pain' for your team. This ultimately means that players return when they're not 100% fit and re-injure themselves again and again.
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