In just two years, more than 300 athletes have agreed to undergo a battery of annual tests and donate their brain after death—all for science to get a better understanding of the long term effects of concussions.
The families of 40 deceased athletes have also agreed to donate the brain and spinal column tissue of their loved ones, The Associated Press reported.
The study is being conducted by Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy—a collaborative venture between BU’s Medical School and the Sports Legacy Institute.
“These athletes are like, ‘I don’t need my brain when I go, especially if something good can come of it,” said Chris Nowinski, the co-founder of the Sports Legacy Institute, which is leading the charge to round up donors.
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