Concussion Concerns Extend To Younger Players
For the Ohio State community, Thanksgiving weekend ended in tragedy when 22-year-old football player Kosta Karageorge was found dead of apparent suicide. Karageorge, who had been missing since Nov. 26, was found on Nov. 30 in a dumpster near the school’s campus in Columbus, along with a gun and what police said appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to the Washington Post, Karageorge’s mother told police that her son had suffered from several concussions. The Columbus Dispatch reported that a few days before his body was found, Karageorge had texted his mother, saying, “I am sorry if I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all [messed] up.”
This week, an Ohio coroner ordered a special examination of Karageorge’s brain to look for signs of traumatic brain injury.
The national conversation around traumatic brain injury in football — concussions, but also chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that has been linked to repeated head traumas — is now expanding beyond retired and longtime NFL players to include student athletes.
Karageorge’s death has not yet been linked to concussions. But some research has found that traumatic brain —> Read More Here