Pressure was Kelly Catlin’s constant and silent companion. That pressure helped boost Catlin to great athletic and academic heights, turning her into a “warrior princess,” as her father called her. After Catlin ended her own life in her Stanford University residence last week, those who knew her were left thinking about both that constant pressure and whether a head injury she suffered late last year contributed to her suicide.
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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are common in American football, and we’re only now starting to learn just what a devastating effect they can have on a person over the long term. While TBIs can happen in a variety of different ways, under many different circumstances, they tend to be most common, and perhaps most dangerous, when people are competing in sports that promote violent contact—like American football.
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Marc Mazzeri’s football career was brief but distinguished. Though he didn’t play until his junior year at Maine South High School in 1982, he was big, athletic and skillful enough to interest coaches at the University of Iowa, who offered him a spot as a walk-on.
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On April 10, 2005, Macon football star Al Lucas took a hit that he would never recover from.
Just minutes into an Arena Football League game for the Los Angeles Avengers, the youngest son of Georgia State Senator David Lucas and Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Elaine Lucas collided with another player. Shortly after, he was pronounced dead.
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