In one of our News Articles back in July, 2012, we talked about the decision of Junior Seau's family to donate his brain tissue to the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH) for study. Seau, a beloved NFL linebacker, committed suicide in May 2012. The research was to examine the brain damage caused by concussions suffered by the football player. Click here to access the News Article: Deceased NFL Player's Family Donates Part Of His Brain To Concussion Research|PA & NJ Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Earlier this month, NIH announced the findings of the research. The study showed that Seau had degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head traumas he sustained throughout his 20 year career. According to the NIH, Seau had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease often connected to athletes who suffer frequent blows to the head.
In addition, Seau's brain showed evidence of scarring in a small region of the left frontal lobe consistent with a traumatic brain injury.
There has been a lot of media coverage on concussions and brain injuries sustained as the result of playing contact sports. NIH is not the only organization looking into the negative and long-term effects of hits to the head and concussions players sustain. Researchers from many Universities and other entities are also researching the links between degenerative brain diseases to concussions and frequent hits.
It is therefore imperative that the coaches and doctors on sports teams know and recognize the signs of a concussion. Coaches and doctors cannot put injured players back in the game, which could lead to more brain damage if the injured player is hit again.
If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury and believe that the injury could have been avoided, contact the lawyers at White and Williams, LLP. Our seasoned sports injury and traumatic brain injury lawyers have the knowledge and experience to guide and help you pursue a brain injury case. Call for a free, no obligation consultation @ 877.944.8396.