I know we usually focus on the concussions and head injuries in sports, however head injuries, especially those that go unchecked can create very dire situations as well.
According to the Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois), a 42 year-old man shot and killed his wife before fleeing and taking his own life.
What makes this an interest to us:
It all may have started with a head injury from a car crash that led to a personality change in the man, police said.
If the police are saying that, this early in the investigation there may be something there. The key point of this part of the story is the “personality changes” as it related to post head injury. As we have seen with research into CTE, former high-profile athletes have also had similar anecdotes prior to their deaths (Andre Waters, Chris Benoit come to mind).
Sports can be our vehicle to take steps to stop this kind of stuff.