WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash told ESPN that he will donate his brain and spinal cord to CTE Center at Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation. “Chris Nowinski started the program, and I’ve had several concussions throughout my life and had scans done and stuff and knew that somewhere down the line, I’ve already had short-term memory problems,” Nash said.
“I decided to go ahead. The only way you can diagnose this is after you’re dead. I went ahead and gave my spinal cord and my brain to the study, and I carry a card in my wallet that my brain and spine goes to them. It’s in my will. Of course, my wife’s aware of it. I went ahead and gave my spinal cord and my brain to the study, and I carry a card in my wallet that my brain and spine goes to them. It’s in my will. Of course, my wife’s aware of it.” Read the full story at ESPN.com.
Powell’s POV: Nash stated that he knew the risks of pro wrestling and was knocked out when he was upended in a basketball game. He estimated his concussion count as being “easy double figures” and noted that scans of his brain have shown abnormalities. He said he suffers from short-term memory loss and has been more emotional in recent years, though he couldn’t say that it’s definitely related to brain trauma. Nowinski, who wrestled for WWE before concussions ended his career, is also quoted in the story.
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