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Seau's family rethinking brain study

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10:05 AM ET 05.06 | Former National Football League star Junior Seau's family is revisiting its plans for research on the brain of the retired linebacker, who killed himself in his California home on Wednesday, a pastor for the family said on Saturday. The family's pastor, Shawn Mitchell said on Friday the family had decided Seau's brain would be examined for evidence of repetitive injuries from his playing days. "They have now stepped back from what they were thinking initially," Mitchell said on Saturday when asked about the family's plans for Seau's brain. "Nothing is definite right now."

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May 6, 2012  10:10 AM ET

Difficult and sensitive topic to broach with family at this time. Players need to commit to this prior to something like this. Maybe the NFL should initiate a program that promotes such studies after death.

May 6, 2012  10:11 AM ET

Agreed. Players who feel they might be at risk should consider making a living will, discuss all the issues with their family, so everyone can be in agreement should the worst happen.

May 6, 2012  10:15 AM ET

very difficult decision especially when multiple places want the brain, a will would make it a little easier on the family

May 6, 2012  10:18 AM ET
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very difficult decision especially when multiple places want the brain, a will would make it a little easier on the family

Indeed. My heart goes out to his family. What a tragedy.

May 6, 2012  10:19 AM ET

Maybe the NFL is lobbying the family to reconsider because of the negative press the continue to receive for failing to address these issues sooner and the money they could be forced to pay out.

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May 6, 2012  10:36 AM ET

Tough call for a family to make...

May 6, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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This is a knee jerk media reaction....for anyone to say that a concussion causes suicidal tendencies is dumbit can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, etc- but that's like the talking heads saying heavy metal music caused suicidesand all these 'studies' about concussions is also stupid-we all KNOW that it is bad for you long termthere is no more need to study- stop wasting time and $and just implement preventative measures

And as long as there aren't studies, nobody has to take any responsibility. That's all that the retired players are really looking for. Merrile Hoge can call that one for yo.

May 6, 2012  10:39 AM ET
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This is a knee jerk media reaction....for anyone to say that a concussion causes suicidal tendencies is dumbit can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, etc- but that's like the talking heads saying heavy metal music caused suicidesand all these 'studies' about concussions is also stupid-we all KNOW that it is bad for you long termthere is no more need to study- stop wasting time and $and just implement preventative measures

What specialty of medicene is your PHD in ?

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May 6, 2012  11:32 AM ET
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the same as your spelling?its just my opinion- based in common sense

Who can argue with a case like that? The idea is that establishing a timeline for the head traumas to the depression/other conditions allows medicine to determine a proper course of action in treatments. How many undocumented head traumas have resulted in dimentia or other brain deteriorations? Football happens to be high profile and calls attention to serious conditions that may not otherwise receive the necessary funding for research.

May 6, 2012  11:33 AM ET

Not an easy decision for the family.

May 6, 2012  11:35 AM ET
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do we really need studies to realize that multiple hits to the brain isn't so safe ?and as far as responsibility- I am all for the NFL giving a large chunk of $ to injured players...but it's not the NFL's job to make sure all these retired guys are tucked into bed at night with a warm glass of milk and to make sure that they've invested their $ wisely-

That is what I was thinking, just look around. I think posting on fannation gives you brain damage.

May 6, 2012  11:37 AM ET
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do we really need studies to realize that multiple hits to the brain isn't so safe ?and as far as responsibility- I am all for the NFL giving a large chunk of $ to injured players...but it's not the NFL's job to make sure all these retired guys are tucked into bed at night with a warm glass of milk and to make sure that they've invested their $ wisely-

You're dealing with a big gap in player generations. You go back 20 or 30 years and players didn't receive the contracts that they do now. Players started negotiating the larger contracts when they realized they weren't being looked after. They were nothing more than gladiators for the rich owners who got richer off the players' backs. Those are the guys that this is important for; not for the ones that blow their money on 200 pair of Air Jordans.

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May 6, 2012  11:47 AM ET
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Tough call for a family to make...

Thats why I took the decisions out of my family's hands. Everything is paid for and my wishes for my remains is all spelled out so there is no question about what I want.

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May 6, 2012  11:51 AM ET
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do we really need studies to realize that multiple hits to the brain isn't so safe ?and as far as responsibility- I am all for the NFL giving a large chunk of $ to injured players...but it's not the NFL's job to make sure all these retired guys are tucked into bed at night with a warm glass of milk and to make sure that they've invested their $ wisely-

IMO studying the brain after known impacts might help in finding ways to better treat a person after having trauma to the head.

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