Traumatic Brain Injury: from Pee-Wee Leagues to the NFL

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GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 05: Starting Quarterback Trent Edwards #5 of the Buffalo Bills suffers a concussion after getting hit by Strong Safety Adrian Wilson #24 of the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of their NFL Game on October 5, 2008 at Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Athletes collide, there's the unmistakable sound of heads hitting hard, the players look dazed but get up and go right back into the action. Dizziness, nausea, confusion; many of us can recognize the immediate symptoms of a concussion, but how much do we really know about the long term effects of a traumatic brain injury? Add aggression, long-term memory loss and suicide to that mix.  In the United States, in football, boxing, soccer, hockey, wrestling and more - from the professional level to pee-wee games - over 300,000 concussions are diagnosed every year. 

With the Super Bowl just around the corner, we took a look at Head Games, the recent documentary that puts a spotlight on athletes who suffer debilitating blows to the head multiple times throughout their sporting careers and how they suffer from the effects on physical and mental health. And we talked to former NFL wide receiver Billy Davis and LAUSD medical advisor Dr. Jerry Bornstein about the risks to the pros and to kids just starting out on their favorite playing fields.  


A Martinez, co-host of KPCC’s morning magazine program, Take Two


Billy Davis, NFL wide receiver for six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens; two-time Super Bowl champion, for XXX and XXXV.

Dr. Jerry Bornstein, medical advisor to LAUSD Interscholastic Athletics; he provides training for coaches and administers the training and assigning of medical personnel to LAUSD football games.

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