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Tragic Death of Ohio State Football Player Raises More Questions than Answers about Role of Concussions

When the authorities in Columbus, Ohio found the body of student athlete and football player Kosta Karageorge, dead apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, it raised more questions than answers about  the role of concussions.

Karageorge had reportedly texted his mother just before his death that he was sorry if he was “an embarrassment, but these concussions have my head all f—ed up.”

While still a missing person case, Reuters reported that his mother had said Karageorge, who joined the team as a walk-on this fall, suffered multiple concussions and had had spells of anxiety and confusion.

The Associated Press had quoted team physician Dr. Jim Borchers as saying the school was “confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness.”

The player’s sister, Sophia Karageorge, told The Columbus Dispatch that after each concussion her brother followed trainers’ instructions and received proper care. But the “repercussions” from the concussions “have been long-term or delayed.”

Meanwhile, the school issued the following statement: “The Ohio State University Department of Athletics was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time.”

 

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