Middlebury College discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory

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So former athlete at Middlebury College is not the first athlete who played contact sports who took his own life he is also not the first twenty something to struggle with mental health problems but his story illustrates the challenges parents face as they decide whether to let their sons and daughters play contact sports as well as deciphering conflicting messages from scientists in sports leagues about head trauma an in depth look at concussions from Nancy armor columnist at USA today sports Nancy set this up this story about Matthew Benedict who played basically all contact sports growing up top football hockey lacrosse in out there at Middlebury College and he and I'm in July he committed provided on top of having to call our building where he was working and his parents well he didn't bring would not able to be had the card we think that and they think that it was the culmination of hit that he took over in here is a plane contact sport and when he died you would only twenty six six week China twenty thousand but that what I thought was interesting in your story too and I guess perhaps disappointing from a medical standpoint is that C. T. eat can only be diagnosed during an op during autopsy yeah and that is one of the things you know there's there still is no much about the heat that we don't know on that you know most researchers will say that there is a link between our MCP exactly what the windows they're still trying to find out and part of that is going to be finding a wedding diagnosed and researchers think that they're getting closer right there are some out there yet and until we have that we can't answer all the questions like if somebody what wrong genetics play can alcohol and drug drug use if there is any accelerate the progression of the disease there's there's still a lot that we need to find out and getting a living diagnostics it can be pretty much all of those questions why is disappointing to I guess that there's still a stigma attached to this as I guess the the as the Benedicts found out right yeah map you wrote a very personal stake a couple days after he graduated from Middlebury and he had been struggling with mental health issues is your speed at which I don't game one he had to really hard to get and they believe that he had post concussion syndrome as a result right he wrote that that they and just really they were very openly and very honestly talk about the issues that he had if you want to be a failure is in me talk about a couple of times that you need but whether they were officially need to reply to come so order to you know whatever wise you would open about it and welcome people Corey from quiet there are other people who were saying man you should be writing like that you know whether it's the creek local school all or nothing just before could've been doing wanted to adopt Michael how or just not you know me in addition put out there because the teacher employers might yet while right after that you really withdrew that he you know he he he had to have struggled with mental illness so that people would die if you didn't know him well you wouldn't know that anything was wrong with anti armor columnist at USA today sports she's written a powerful piece entitled concussions and contact sports what these parents learned from their son's death what struck me too was what seem like a sudden change in personality for Mr Benedict was at the age of twenty one right we came home one Christmas break anybody but normally the life of the the Christmas spirit was completely removed yeah and his parents are very very very much that he would would drop in the family it mom said that often times you go upstairs room and she just getting out of bed and she could that wasn't her son and he told her that he had been in a funk for more than a month so it it could ballot to rapidly and they work mightily to get help they you know unfortunately that is better than insidious disease and we are bringing it into the light I think we're gonna have to work like that for the parents of Mr Benedict I I don't want to see their messages or guess what their messages that it might be like don't play contact sports of what they say I am in the market just to follow you they both say that if they had to do it over and there they were boys would not have played sports with how my contact sports at the age of but they did you know they started playing when they were six and seven your call okay and it's not just football that's that's one of the really big takeaways from the story is that it is not just a product that people need to be concerned about but also to the Benedict want to remove the stigma especially among young people that they know that they are free to if they are struggling that they are free to go and seek help or that they will approach somebody that they will feel that they need to hide the gray issues that they're having and and that they can go and talk to somebody is Nancy Nancy armor columnist at USA today sports twelve minutes now after the hour on this weekend coming up next the number one stressor.

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