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Panthers have become face of NFL's concussion struggle

The Charlotte Observer—November 21, 2016

The Charlotte Observer reporter Joseph Person writes on recent concussion problems suffered by the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have placed six players in the league's concussion protocol this season so far - more than any other NFL team. Most recently, middle linebacker Luke Kuechly went down with a concussion.

The reporter spoke with Erin Manning, MD, neurologist at HSS, who said the double impact might have caused Kuechly's brain injury. What viewers saw next was what brain trauma can look like in the short-term - tears from a Pro Bowl player who looked completely scared and confused.

"It's always hard to watch somebody who's so emotional and so upset about something. There's an emotional reaction back when someone's so distraught like that," said Dr. Manning. "It's not just the headaches and the nausea and the dizziness that people think of. It can really affect your emotions."

This article originally appeared at CharlotteObserver.com.


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