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Concussion Expert Says Jury Still Out on Whether Concussions Increase Risk of Suicide

Gary Solomon, MD, presented a lecture on Concussion and Mental Health on April 16 at the 25th Annual Meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) in Dallas, TX.Giving The Green Light To Drive After Head Trauma

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.

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Coroner: Ohio State Player Did Not Have CTE

Over the last week, it was reported that Kosta Karageorge, the Ohio State defensive lineman who committed suicide last fall, did not have CTE.

In a statement, the Franklin County Coroner’s office said: “There is no evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy but there are nonspecific findings consistent with subacute to remote prior concussive injury.”

Karageorge had texted his mom just before his death about the debilitating effect that a concussion or multiple concussion was having on him.

Karageorge’s teammate Michael Bennett, a defensive tackle, told the wire service at the time that “we knew he had a lot of concussions and we were worried about that. But we didn’t see any side effects of it.”

 

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Maybe It Was Premature to Tie Karageorge’s Suicide to Concussions

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.

 

 

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