Bernie Kosar Brain Trauma: Should The NFL Be Taking More Precautions To Prevent Head Injuries? [REPORT]

By IScience Times Staff Reporter on January 11, 2013 11:31 PM EST

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Bernie Kosar, Former QB for the Cleveland Browns, has come out saying he's being treated for serious brain trauma, raising concerns once again that the NFL isn't taking sufficient precautions to guard against head injuries. (Photo: Reuters)

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar is being treated for brain trauma caused by a dozen or more concussions he suffered while playing football, he said in a news conference on Thursday. Now an old debate has started raging again about whether the NFL needs to amp up the precautions it's taking to prevent head injuries.

"When I heard some of the things he was capable of doing I was bluntly a little skeptical," Kosar said of his doctor, Rick Sponaugle. "But after just a few weeks of treatment to not have the ringing in the ears, not have the headaches and to be able to sleep through the night without medications and all the stuff."

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"Not to get over-religious or to preach to you, but this was all happening during the holidays and I really thought it was like a gift from God."

Kosar belives he suffered at least 12 concussions during his career with the Brown from 1985 to 1996.

A recent study found that football players are more likely to die of brain injuries, iScienceTimes reported in December. "Football has changed a great deal [since the late 1980s]," Robert Cantu, study author and co-director of the Sports Legacy Institute, told USA Today. "The players are bigger and the game is faster now compared to then. It wouldn't surprise me if the problem isn't worse in the modern era. Also it wasn't common in that earlier era for players to start as a kid . The modern generation is starting younger so they've had longer exposure to brain trauma."

Another study, published in the journal Pediatrics last year, found that repeated blows to the head increase the risk of violence. Researchers looked at 850 high-school students, and found that of those who suffered a head injury, 44 percent engaged in some form of violence the following year, compared to 34 percent who did not report a head injury.

"There are hundreds, if not thousands of guys who are dealing with issues and pain and stuff," Kosar said. "Literally, I think a lot of them are losing hope. I tried really hard to find it. This treatment isn't something I think a lot of guys know about, whether it's the younger kids playing or the ex-NFL players. I don't think a lot of people know there is hope for them."

"I hope if there are people and players out there suffering, they now know they have an option and something that can genuinely help them get better in a short amount a time that doesn't involve living the rest of your life in pain and agony and on medication."

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