WWE to be honored by Sports Legacy Institute for work on concussions

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October 22nd, 2013

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Chris Nowinski, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

In 2007, WWE disputed Sports Legacy Institute findings that a degenerative brain condition caused by repeated blows to the head may have contributed to former champ Chris Benoit killing his wife and son before taking his own life…

Expert quote:

“I started working with WWE back in 2001. Back then, you know, concussions weren’t discussed much among the wrestlers. I didn’t understand how dangerous they were. No one across my athletic career had really taught me the right things. So I lied about my concussions. WWE, like everybody else, was following the guidelines that said it was OK to have people go back if the symptoms went away.”

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