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WWE star warns UK about dangers of concussion

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WWE star Fandango has been on a media tour of the United Kingdom this past week, and in his latest interview he had somewhat of a warning for Britain's young people and athletes about the dangers of concussions.

Fandango, real name Curtis Hussey, suffered a concussion last summer during a taping of SmackDown and thanked the WWE's doctors for doing all they could to ensure he only returned to the ring when he was fit enough.

And Hussey pointed to the work of Chris Nowinski, a former WWE performer and American footballer that had to retire due to post-concussion syndrome, who has made a film highlighting the dangers of concussion in sport.

"A lot more research is going into them [concussions] now, where they're impact testing," he said to Radio 1. "Ten years ago people didn't know a lot about concussions.

"Chris [Nowinski]'s organisation is really diving in to that and really figuring out the impacts of these concussions and what they're doing to these athletes and performers."

Nowinski was kicked in the head during a match and said last week he "never really recovered".

The topic of concussions is big in America at the moment. The NFL are currently in a $700 million dollar battle with former players who suffered the injury and were not told about its risks and consequences with several stars suffering and dying from CTE.

And Nowinski said more education is needed in the UK.

"I don't think it's fair to put a kid out there in harm's way without telling them," Nowinski said. "I didn't realise I had a brain injury because no-one ever told me. It's only right to tell them what's going on."

But it isn't just American Football and wrestling where concussions are a problem. Fandango admits that it can strike in any sport and handed a warning to all youngsters in Britain.

"With Chris spearheading a big campaign into research on concussions, it's really beneficial, not only to professional wrestlers but hockey players, NFL, rugby [and] football.

"The more we know about concussion and the more we can do to prevent coming back too early from a concussion, it's vital for the future of our performers and athletes."

Two weeks ago the first football player to die from CTE was recorded

Patrick Grange died at age 29 in 2012. He played high school, college and semi-professional soccer and was a centre back who prided himself on how far he could head a football.

But, while not being able to fully establish cause and effect, it seems like that repetitive blow to the front of his cranium accelerated his death from the degenerative brain condition ALS.  

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