WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash Pledges to Donate Brain for Head Trauma Research
WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash has pledged to donate his brain to science for CTE research. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is one of the foremost issues in contact sports at the moment, as Christian retired last year after one concussion too many, and Daniel Bryan recently retired as well in order to avoid further damage to his brain. However, medical professionals are still trying to crack the mystery of CTE, to not only find a way to reliably detect it early, but to treat it as well. Hence, Nash is hoping his brain will help in that fight.
“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 in an interview with ESPN.com. “I decided to go ahead. The only way you can diagnose this is after you’re dead.”
As a former WWE star himself, Harvard graduate Nowinski saw his professional wrestling career brought to an end over a decade ago as a result of concussions. Since then, he’s been tireless in his research into head trauma in sports, which is why he’s been public about his gratitude towards Nash for his pledge.
“It’s so powerful when icons like Kevin Nash are willing to pledge their brain for research and talk about it publicly. Brain donation is really driving our growing knowledge of CTE and the long-term effects of brain trauma. And so I’m hoping that we solve this problem before Kevin’s time comes, but Kevin announcing this means that other families are aware that this research is important and that if they lose somebody, they may think of the concussion Legacy Foundation.”
At the very least, with the severity of the CTE problem gradually coming to light, it seems WWE is wising up. We generally get fewer dangerous head bumps, and chair shots to the head are a thing of the past altogether, so much so that WWE edits them out of past footage by freeze-framing on the moment of impact (this is the case on their YouTube page, at least). Hopefully, having a multi-time world champion and Hall of Famer like Nash make this pledge will inspire others to do the same. Granted, I hope it’s still a long time until Nash passes, but I’m glad he’s making certain that his death will be able to contribute to such an important area of research for the future of the industry he loves.
What do you think of Kevin Nash’s pledge? Sound off in the comments!
And for more WWE news, read the full Smackdown spoilers for tonight’s action-packed show!