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The 2016 conference, with more than 1,600 sports medicine physicians attending from throughout the United States and around the world, explores current decisions, controversies as well as best practices that define the clinical practice of sports medicine.
Dr. Solomon, clinical neuropsychologist and Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center, works with both the Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans and has a research interest in sports-related concussions. One of the major topics he addressed is whether concussions cause depression and/or suicide.
He presented an overview of scientific studies on the topic. Despite some media reports, he concludes that “there is poor quality evidence regarding a causative relationship of sport-related concussion and psychiatric illness as well as suicide and further research is needed in this area,” he said.
A story in the Columbus Dispatch earlier this week provided some additional insight into Kosta Karageorge, the Ohio State football player who committed suicide two months ago.
It was reported that Karageorge sent suicidal text messages to his ex-girlfriend, whom he had just broken up with. The texts came around the time he was reported missing in late November. The paper reported that Karageorge suggested they talk, but that she asked him to stop texting her.
Karageorge reportedly replied: “I am gonna kill myself.” Then he told her she shouldn’t attend the funeral.
It was widely reported in the aftermath of his death that he had texted his mother, writing that concussions were affecting his mind and that he hoped he wasn’t an embarrassment.