WWE Wrestler Turns into TBI Advocate

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They slam each other into poles, drop-kick their rivals in the face, and get tossed around the ring like rag dolls. It's no surprise to anyone that professional wrestlers are susceptible to brain injury, but now one wrestler, Chris Nowinski, aka WWE wrestler Chris Harvard, is speaking up.

"The sky would change colors, or I would see stars, and get really dizzy, and I would just collect myself on the field or in the ring, and continue going, because that's what I thought I was supposed to do," he told CNN in a telephone interview. "I didn't realize that it was a serious brain injury."

Nowinski, along with some neurologists, has formed the Sports Legacy Institute, which studies the effects of sports-related head injuries. Nowinski claims that concussions aren't being diagnosed, and even if they are, they aren't being treated like they should be–and that leaves opportunity for the likelihood of the dreaded post-concussion syndrome, which can be just as debilitating as a severe head injury.

Click here to read more about Nowinski's TBI advocacy work.

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