Increasing number of young athletes, like Tyler Hilinski, suffering from CTE

Increasing number of young athletes, like Tyler Hilinski, suffering from CTE

Hilinski was just 21 years old when he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after not showing up for practice on January 16.

"It was a shock, to get those results and to find out that he had it", his mother, Kym Hillinski, said Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show. At one point, Mark asked Kym if she thought something was wrong with Tyler, and they determined he was just busy with classes and football and student life. Did he get CTE from playing football? Probably. Was that the only thing that attributed to his death? "I don't think so", said Kym during the segment in a voiceover, which featured footage that showed Hilinski on the field with his teammates. Now, six months later, his parents are sharing what they have learned about their son's death. We may never know the reason why Ty did what he did but we know how we can continue to make him happy even when he's not here. Parents of Tyler Hilinski, the promising football player who took his own life at 21, discuss the findings from their son's autopsy. Head injuries, CTE, and football have been linked before: "In a convenience sample of 202 deceased players of American football from a brain donation program, CTE was neuropathologically diagnosed in 177 players across all levels of play (87%), including 110 of 111 former National Football League players (99%)", according to the results of an original investigation by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Ryan Hilinski said his brother's brain damage diagnosis scared him and made him anxious he may suffer what his brother went through, but that he's still committed to playing football. "[Tyler] had the brain of a 65-year-old, which is really hard to take", his father said. "I don't think he'd want me to stop". But they told Sports Illustrated that Tyler had become less responsive to calls and text messages late last season and after a family vacation to Mexico in January.

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Many thought they would steamroll Switzerland in their Group E opener, but the European side held out for a 1-1 draw . The PSG star collapsed to the ground and burst into tears while the rest of his team-mates celebrated.

"He was goofy and amusing, and hilarious half the time, but we didn't see it at all", his father said. Through their non-profit, the Hilinski's Hope Foundation, Kym and Mark will promote awareness and education of mental health and wellness for student-athletes.

"A rifle was recovered next to Hilinski and a suicide note was found", police said in a news release. "There's not enough out there for these handsome athletes that give of themselves to their colleges, but their minds aren't taken care of".

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