College Football Player's Brain Injury, Suicide Raise Questions

The highly publicized suicide in April of University of Pennsylvania foot ball player Owen Thomas has added to the debate about the risk of brain injury posed by football and other contact sports. Owen reportedly committed suicide after a sudden change in his personality and mood, which is a common symptom of brain injuries. An autopsy showed he had early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of brain damage commonly caused by repeated concussions.

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