WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 23: Katherine Brearley, mother of the late Owen Thomas, a former University of Pennsylvania football player, holds her son's high school football helmet after testifying before the House Education and Labor Committee…
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When an athlete gets depressed after suffering a concussion, the symptoms of depression are often attributed by coaches, other players and even doctors to psychological fallout from the injury: the athlete's loss of his place on the team, lack of teammate support, the often indefinite timeline to recovery, or the invisible nature of the injury, which can raise questions about whether the athlete is malingering.
A new Canadian study of elite athletes playing contact sports suggests that the symptoms of depression some athletes experience in the weeks, months and even years after a concussion may be the result of physical changes in their brains caused by the concussions themselves.
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