CNN.com reports Chris Nowinski’s findings, he can kiss WWE HoF goodbye!

This is your brain... this is your brain on TGI FRIDAYS! WOOOOO!

"This is your brain... this is your brain on TGI FRIDAYS! WOOOOO!"

CNN.com today has a feature-length story about the long-term damage to the brains of athletes who have suffered concussions. The findings come from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTSE), which receives and studies dead athletes’ brains solicited by the Sports Legacy Institute, started by former WWE wrestler and “Tough Enough” contestant Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu (their last names sound like an argument). The story quotes Nowinski’s inspiration for starting the foundation:

In one moment, his dreams of a long career wrestling were dashed by a kick to his chin. That kick, which caused Nowinski to black out and effectively ended his career, capped a career riddled with concussions.

“My world changed,” said Nowinski. “I had depression. I had memory problems. My head hurt for five years.”

Nowinski began searching for studies, and what he found startled him.

“I realized when I was visiting a lot of doctors, they weren’t giving me very good answers about what was wrong with my head,” said Nowinski. “I read [every study I could find] and I realized there was a ton of evidence showing concussions lead to depression, and multiple concussion can lead to Alzheimer’s.”

The story also says five out of five brains studied by CTSE show the damaging effects (known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE) of multiple concussions (a two-photo slide show is available on this page and, yuck, that beat-up brain is in bad shape), and that “the [protein] tangles [in the damaged brains] closely resemble what might be found in the brain of an 80-year-old with dementia.” No wonder Chris Benoit killed his wife and kid Sophia on “The Golden Girls” was always angry.

According to the article, the NFL’s official statement (*yawn*) says “Hundreds of thousands of people have played football and other sports without experiencing any problem of this type and there continues to be considerable debate within the medical community on the precise long-term effects of concussions and how they relate to other risk factors.” I’m sure Vince McMahon’s reaction to the findings will be slightly less diplomatic, knocking papers out of everyone’s hands and then shouting, “Now ask me a question! Huh? Huh? Awww, you gonna cry?” -Eric

11 Responses

  1. Too soon!!!!!!!1111111111111oneoneoneunogularsensation

  2. “Don’t blame WWE, blame the concussions. He got those working for that slime Eric Bischoff.” – Vince

    Chris Harvard didn’t win Tough Enough. (irrelevent, but true statement).

  3. I’m glad people who care check facts like that. I can’t keep track, since everyone from these contests gets hired. Kinda like how I’ll fuck anything with two feet and a heartbeat.

  4. And the two feet is optional.

  5. Baby baby, can’t you hear my heartbeat…

  6. …..cause you’re the one I love.

    I’m guessing the stunt grannier in question is Mr Eric Nelson, we really need an E on the end of these posts.

  7. Chris Nowinski is a bottom feeder whose sole motivation is the pursuit of fame. When not jockeying to get himself noticed, he may be found in bars, nightclubs and other venues of the night, cruising for a good time. His agenda is transparent & he makes a mockery of a relevant matter.

  8. Well, while all of this may be true…. WE STILL HAD THIS ON OUR SITE BEFORE POWELL! Hooray! We beat someone to something!

  9. Yes, everyone with a cause should never be allowed to ever have a good time…Ever.

  10. Yeah opinionsmatter what are you the fucking good time police. The guy can do what he wants in his downtime. Just because he happens to pose for a picture smiling doesn’t falsify any of his findings. Now go back to protecting the streets officer.

  11. “I swear to drunk officer, I’m not God.” – Chris Harvard at time of this photograph 🙂

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