Dr. Bennet Omalu, Brain Injury Research Institute: B/R Exclusive Interview

October 22, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The issue of helmet-to-helmet hits in the NFL and the traumatic head injuries that result is rising to the forefront of the public eye.
But this issue reaches far beyond professional football.
High school students also face the same dangers, and lay their bodies on the line week-in and week-out. The only difference is, those punishing hits aren't nationally televised, and replayed dozens of times on ESPN.
Students don't face suspension or fines for these hits, either.
I spoke with Dr. Bennet Omalu, a founding member of the Brain Injury Research Institute, back in February. Three days prior, he had given a lecture on the issue at a congressional hearing in Houston, TX.
His message was grim, to say the least.
We are led to believe that concussions are minor, that a player should be ready to suit up as little as one week after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Omalu says, "If you were to fracture a bone in your leg, you would be kept out of play for about s...

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