Lawmaker pledges to donate brain to help research football injuries

Lawmaker pledges to donate brain to help research football injuries
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Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineThe Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? Democrats already jockeying for House leadership posts Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups MORE (D-R.I.) on Friday pledged to donate his brain to concussion research, after listening to the testimony of former NFL players about the traumatic brain injury, according to the Providence Journal.

Cicilline, who played football in his youth, agreed to make the donation after he dies in order to help researchers study the effects and impacts of the widespread injury that is usually caused by a serious blow to the head or body. 

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The Democratic lawmaker made the announcement during a forum on the Hill on Friday, during which a panel of researchers from Boston University said their study showed an overwhelming majority of the brains -- 110 out of the 111 -- donated to the study from deceased NFL players showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Cicilline asked during the forum how Congress could help, to which the head of the Concussion Legacy Foundation asked him if he would be willing to donate his own brain for the research.

“After I’m dead. Not today. Absolutely," he responded.

“I had to call my mother to let her know," Cicilline told the Journal a day after the panel.

“Just listening to the testimony and listening to what a serious issue this is and what the implications are for players, both young people and players who play in high school. If I can help in some small way by contributing to the research ... and make it so that parents and young people have better information about what the impact is of head trauma in contact sports, then I am happy to do it,” Cicilline told the newspaper.