Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options


Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

The University of Michigan Library provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes. These materials may be under copyright. If you decide to use any of these materials, you are responsible for making your own legal assessment and securing any necessary permission. If you have questions about the collection, please contact the Bentley Historical Library at bentley.ref@umich.edu

December 06, 2012 - Image 61

Resource type:
The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-12-06

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

health & wellness

Sports And Depression

Former Lion quarterback, doctor to
discuss links between head injuries
and depression.

Ann Arbor

Jonathan Trobe
Special to the Jewish News

Alicia R. Nelson (248) 557-0109


was hit and hurt so many times, I
could no longer move fast enough
to evade the rush:'
Eric Hipple, former quarterback of
the Detroit Lions, was talking about
being forced to retire from the Lions
when he was "no longer competitive:'
On Dec. 9, he will team up with
Jeff Kutcher, M.D., as speakers at
the upcoming symposium, "Sports,
Head Injury and Depression" at the
Danto Auditorium of the University
of Michigan Cardiovascular Center.
Sponsored by the Maimonides group
of the Jewish Federation of Greater
Ann Arbor, it is open to the public.
After Hipple retired, he ran a suc-
cessful insurance business, but he went
into debt. Feelings of hopelessness
took over, and he jumped out of a
moving car in a suicide attempt, creat-
ing a splash in the Detroit newspapers
and on television. He recovered with-
out major injury, but soon after, his
15-year-old son took his own life.
Hipple was drafted by John Greden,
M.D., director of the U-M Depression
Center and former chair of the U-M
Department of Psychiatry, as a spokes-
person for the Center's effort to reduce
the stigma of help-seeking behavior by
In 2009, Hipple convinced the
National Football League Players
Association (NFLPA) to allow him to
survey former players about depres-
sion. Among 1,600 responders, 15
percent indicated signs of moderate
to severe depression, higher than the
percentage in age-matched men in the
United States.
Faced with this alarming informa-
tion, the NFLPA decided to sponsor
a program in which athletes would
be invited to come for assessment of
depression at the U-M Depression
Center. For the past 18 months, former
NFL players have been coming to Ann
Arbor to be evaluated and connected
with appropriate support systems in
their own communities.
Just how much is known about
concussions, confused thinking and
depression? That has been the special
interest of Kutcher, associate profes-



prices so low, you won't believe you can feed your pet such good food so reasonably! ex.


• •

,Ibr a long and healthy life for your pet.

Eric Hippie

sor of neurology at U-M, who joins
Hipple at the Maimonides podium on
Dec. 9. Kutcher is director of Michigan
NeuroSport, a U-M sports neurology
program devoted to research, educa-
tion and clinical care. On football
Saturdays, you can spot him on the
sidelines with the U-M football team,
waiting to check out a dazed player as
he comes off the field.
When he started in the field eight
years ago, Kutcher found that most
sports programs were testing players
with a complicated 30-minute bat-
tery of tasks to screen for symptoms
of brain concussion. "I took the test
myself and was surprised at how dif-
ficult it was, and I didn't have a con-
cussed brain:' he said.
The question everyone asks him now
is how much of the depression being
uncovered among former football play-
ers is due to repeated brain concussion?
That issue is still unsettled, he answers.
Kutcher has put much of his energy
into improving recognition of head
injury. Is that enough or should the
rules of football (and other contact
sports) be modified? He doesn't think
so, replying that we still do not have
scientific evidence that shows that
brain damage is very prevalent after
playing by today's rules. Would he let
his sons play football? If that was their
love, then with the proper education of
the coaching staff and the appropriate
resources, he would.
"When you ask people who have
played football in college or profes-
sionally if they would do it again, they
almost always say, 'Yes, absolutely!"
Kutcher said.


The best grain-free commercial dog and cat food...
Orijen, Wellness Core, Acana to name a few.
Our deli has in-store made treats for dogs and cats.
a Special order birthday bone cakes & treats available.

For the happiest,
longest pet life

79 W Long Lake Rd
Bloomfield Hills MI 48304

Like us on Facebook




Hours Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 10-6 • Thursday 10-7 • Saturday 9-4

Our programs include:


Childrens & Family Martial Arts programs

- A+ After School Program w/ Transport
- Adults Martial Arts (12 & up)
- Spring Break / Summer Camps

Two West Bloomfield Locations!
7355 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield

Jewish Community Center,
West Bloomfield (New Location!)
6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield

Mention this ad and receive:
2 Private Lessons ($100 Value)
and a FREE Uniform ($50 Value)

Space is limited. Call Today!

(248) 706-0000



- 7R011

‘1 I57


Contact us at:

"With over 200 Restaurants, Bars
and Diners in Downtown and Midtown
Detroit, as well as 100's of others
in the surrounding neighborhoods
and suburbs, there is now 1 website
to locate potential workers and job
openings in the Detroit Area!"

Jonathan Trobe, M.D., is a professor of

neurology at the University of Michigan in

Ann Arbor.


December 6 • 2012


Back to Top

© 2021 Regents of the University of Michigan