Latest NFL suicide revives concerns over head traumas
Dr. Teena Shetty weighs in
- Duration 3:13
- Date Jul 31, 2012
Dr. Teena Shetty weighs in
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Happening now another NFL player apparently taking his own life police in Florida say they found the Tennessee Titans OJ Murdoch in his car.
After he shot himself.
25 year old the sixth NFL player current and former to commit suicide in the last two years.
A disturbing trend Spartan debate over the potential damage playing football can have on the brain.
One of the most high profile of these deaths twenty year NFL veteran Junior -- who killed himself back in May.
Shooting himself in the chest his family donating some of his brain tissue.
To the National Institutes of Health for study.
Doctor -- machete is a neurologist.
For the hospital special surgery he's she's also the team neurologists for the New York Giants.
And doctor said he what what first of all what a waste and we have absolutely no evidence right now.
That OJ Murdoch's death had anything to do with brain injuries he may have suffered during his years of playing football but what are you -- As a team doctors someone who treats patients players who play for the NFL giants.
Mood changes anxiety and -- stability can all -- symptoms of a concussion.
As you pointed out we really know nothing about whether or not he actually had concussions and whether -- was a factor.
-- played a role in his very tragic suicide.
What we do know is that football players are risk for concussions.
Can -- people can become depressed.
And sadly depress people are at risk for suicidal mediation.
And this is a problem that we face.
But we mentioned -- say -- there are two other.
Big big name players Dave doers and -- easterly.
Along -- do you say -- these -- three former players who took their own lives over the last year and a half -- -- For fans of football out there myself included should we be worried about the guys were rooting for every Sunday.
We don't have to always be worried what we have to think about is changing the culture of football.
And really improving the guidelines for a professional football players.
And helping them to understand the consequences of concussion and returning to play too soon.
Is that happening -- -- we heard just this week that the NFL.
Has instituted a new wellness program.
For former players and for current players alike that's supposed to.
Help them out when they face these kinds of health crises.
Is that the answer is that moving in the right direction.
That kind of wellness program is instrumental in providing.
Way of teaching both players trainers families parents.
-- -- of recognizing the symptoms of concussion and -- for preventing.
The cumulative consequences of repeated concussions to the brain.
Real quickly doctor I would nasty betray any.
Doctor patient confidentiality.
Rules but are you hearing from players that they're more concerned about this when they step out onto the football field.
Tears are undoubtedly increasingly concerned about this.
And it's actually a very positive development in this field because there they themselves are more concerned for their welfare.
Doctor T machete is a neurologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery she also works with the players of the New York Giants doctor said he thank you very much for coming on talking to us about this important story.