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Repeated Concussions Lead to Death of Steeler Football Player Terry Long

Repeated concussions to the brain led to the death of former Steeler Terry Long, according to the Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA) Coroner, Dr. Cyril Wecht.

Dr. Wecht said that Terry Long's death was caused by acute cerebral meningitis, an inflammation of the covering of the brain which took place as a result of brain trauma that he sustained.  The repeated head injury suffered by this football player and his resultant concussions were the precipitating causes  of this condition.

Dr. Wecht compared the repeated head injury to that seen in boxers, a condition known as "dementia pugilistica" where fighters develop chronic brain damage as a result of repeated blows to the head.  Fighters often describe it as being "punch drunk"

This tragic death should again alert parents, coaches, athletic trainers and others involved in intercollegiate sports as well as professional sports of the dangers of repeat concussions and the extra vigilance that needs to take place before making important return to play decisions.
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