Another Bull Riding Tragedy


Ty Pozzobon, a four-time champion bull rider, took his life this past January after battling depression and anxiety which are believed to have come from his multiple concussions. NeuroNotes has written about brain injuries from bull riding in previous blogs which have attracted several negative comments from proponents of the sport. Ty was 25 at the time of his death by suicide. He began competing in Canadian rodeo events in 2010 and joined the U.S. rodeo circuit full-time in 2011. His brain will be studied by Nucleus Bio, LLC, a Vancouver-area company and the University of Washington to determine if he had CTE.

NeuroNotes is concerned with the long-term effects of multiple concussions from sports injuries and has published many blogs regarding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. Ty Pozzobon’s suicide is another example of the potential effects of multiple concussions.

Click here to read the story in the Vancouver Sun.


About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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