Dave ‘Bear’ Duerson, 22, in action. Credit: PA
By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Penn State College of Medicine
Ah, football. The great American pastime.
The freshly cut grass and crisply-painted yard lines. The sound of helmets clashing in an epic stack of large men vying for a single ball. Stands packed high with thousands upon thousands of crazed, prideful, body-painted fanatics. Dementia, confusion, and depression.
Wait, what? That last bit may not be present on game day, but for many football players, it’s brewing all along – with every clash, tackle, and fall.