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Junior Seau’s family donates brain tissue for research

Discussion in 'American Football' started by CoronaDoug, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Official Hater

    Feb 14, 2007
    Junior Seau’s family donates brain tissue for research

    Posted by Josh Alper on July 12, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Junior Seau’s brain tissue is on its way to the National Institutes of Health.

    The Associated Press reports that Seau’s family asked the San Diego County medical examiner’s office to send some of the former NFL linebacker’s brain tissue to the NIH for research. The medical examiner does not have any information about what kind of tests will be done on Seau’s brain, but it likely will be related to the ongoing work being done to discover links between head injuries suffered on the field and problems later in life. Seau killed himself in early May.

    Previous research has found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of former NFL safeties Dave Duerson and Andre Waters, both of whom also committed suicide. CTE is a neurological condition caused by repeated blows to the head and it has been found in players at the collegiate level as well as several dead former professionals. A pathologist who has worked extensively on identifying CTE took part in the autopsy performed on Seau and a Boston group focused on the condition requested a chance to study Seau’s brain tissue shortly after his death.

    There’s no word on when or if results of the research will be made public.

  2. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Glad to hear that this was their decision.
    • Agree Agree x 3
  3. boltfanatik

    boltfanatik Toxic Minority Member

    Aug 2, 2009
    I said that's good when I heard it on the radio this am. Hope some good comes of this
  4. Ikeman83

    Ikeman83 Werter Pöbel

    Feb 3, 2012
    I'm curious why they didn't send his whole brain.

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    This whole situation is tragic and the donation of tissue does nothing if better equipment is designed and implemented yesterday. I can't believe the NFL knowingly allows players to perform with less than the best protection available to it's participants. Any other business/company would be under heavy scrutiny of OSHA and in court for wrongful death after the mere mention of unsafe practice or safety equipment.

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