Traumatic Brain Injuries in Athletes are Indistinguishable to Those in War Veterans

As more studies are done on athletes in high impact sports and war veterans who experience explosions in combat, we are learning that the consequent brain injuries are the same.  Nick Colgin knows that he suffers from depression, headaches, and trouble with daily tasks after living through an explosion when a grenade hit his Humvee in Afghanistan.  Unfortunately, chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, the condition which symptoms include damage to areas of the brain responsible for thinking, judgment, memory, and personality can only be diagnosed after death.  While Colgin suffers from many painful side effects, he is not sure exactly what damage has been done to his brain and if it will ever heal.  See the article and video below for more information: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57435890/study-war-vets-athletes-brain-injuries-similar/?tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea

Check out Jacob Bell’s interview as the first NFL player to quit for fear of long term brain injury: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505270_162-57435281/nfl-veteran-quits-fearing-future-brain-damage/