Concussions, Depression Come To Forefront After Karageorge's Death

It has been a devastating stretch for the family, friends and teammates of Ohio State University football player Kosta Karageorge, The 22-year-old athlete was recently found dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot.

Karageorge, who also wrestled for three years at OSU, had been missing for five days before his body was discovered in a Columbus dumpster. Karageorge had a history of concussions and family members say he behaved abnormally in the days before his disappearance. His brain will be examined by an expert neuropathologist for evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) or any other abnormalities.

The death of the well-liked linebacker has touched people throughout the country and reignited a discussion about concussions and their connection to depression and other mental disorders.

ABC News recently interviewed William Barr, director of neuropsychology at New York University's Langone Concussion Center, and he explained that concussion symptoms typically last 7 to 10 days. Barr further explained that concussions don't make an athlete suicidal; however, repeated head trauma can cause depression and eventually lead to suicide.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association, NCAA and youth athletic programs have recently made much-needed changes to protocol concerning the prevention, detection and long-term impact of concussions in student athletes. As the medical community continues to learn more about the impact of concussions and sub-concussive hits - like those soccer players endure when 'heading' a ball - amateur and professional sports authorities must continue to evolve their head-injury protocol.

Source: ABC News, "OSU's Kosta Karageorge to be Examined For Brain Injury: Coroner," Rheana Murray, Dec. 1, 2014

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