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Dave Duerson had brain damage at time of suicide

Posted on: May 2, 2011 12:54 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

You may recall that Dave Duerson, the former Chicago Bears player who committed suicide in February at the age of 50, asked before killing himself that his brain be dedicated to scientific research.

It was, and the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University's School of Medicine announced those results on Monday: Duerson had brain damage.

Typically, according to Dr. Robert Cantu, co-director of the CTSE, the results of such studies aren't made public until after a study has been published. However, in this instance, the Duerson family wanted the results released immediately.

Since Duerson's death, many a member of the football community has spoken up, including ex-Bears coach Mike Ditka, who called Duerson's suicide a "tragedy." 

Duerson's death has also, seemingly, encourage members of the football community to speak out against the lasting effects of the game on their brains and bodies: recently, Terry Bradshaw went public with the admissions that he was suffering from short-term memory loss and depression, likely as a result of all the shots he took while on the NFL field.

Duerson's autopsy was disturbing -- and so is the motivation that leads a man to shoot himself in the chest in order to achieve the goal of suicide while leaving the brain entirely intact.

But it's clear now why Duerson did what he did: his brain was significantly impacted by his time as a football player. It's likely that the Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI, though you know them in their mild form as "concussions") he suffered led to his brain damage and likely a depressed state of life that led to suicide.

It's a sad, sad saga that's unfolded surrounded Duerson's death, but his willingness to sacrifice his brain, in more ways than one, will hopefully lead to better recognition of player safety and further medical advancement of how players' brains can be impacted by football.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:21 am
 

Dave Duerson had brain damage at time of suicide



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Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Dave Duerson had brain damage at time of suicide

Every weekend in the fall, on every single football program, the money shot, the one that gets replayed ad naseum, is somebody getting lit up with the biggest, baddest hit of the week.  They can modify the rules all they want, they can tweak helmets and add as much protective equipment that they can imagine, at the end of the day football is a violent game played by 300 pound men hitting each other as hard as they possibly can.  The game is what it is and there is no solution to the almost univeral reality of TBI in football other than to stop playing. 



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Dave Duerson had brain damage at time of suicide

as sad and tragic as his death is, it will mean nothing if the football community doesnt learn.  if nothing is done, dave duerson's death and subsequent heroic act of donating his brain for study will be even more tragic and senseless.



Since: May 2, 2011
Posted on: May 2, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Dave Duerson had brain damage at time of suicide

Mr. Duerson was a courageous man,in that he donated a body with intact brain, he thought we could learn about our Sunday ritual. Hopefully his sacrifice will can prevent his suffering from happening to others.There are many forms of depression,organic and drug induced, genetic and environmently caused. Some people don't realize that suicide can consume every minute of every day, not just a little depression here and there. I imagaine Mr. Duerson had some very sad,intense,nonstop suffering for him to choose this option,yet he did so trying to help others learn about a problem we are still trying to understand. I hope you are resting in peace and not the living hell you likely suffered from. Thank you to Dave's family for getting this information out in a timely manner.


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