Abby Wambach will donate brain for concussion research
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Abby Wambach will donate brain for concussion research
Wednesday March 30th, 2016

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Recently retired U.S. Women’s national team star Abby Wambach is the latest American soccer player to donate her brain for concussion research, according to the Lantern

Wambach announced that she was following the lead of former U.S. teammate Brandi Chastain, who announced her plans to donate her brain in early March, at a discussion on the campus of Ohio State.

National team player Megan Rapinoe, who joined Wambach at Ohio State, says that she also plans to donate her brain.

U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver will donate brain for research

High-profile athletes donating their brains has become a recent trend as doctors have linked repetitive head trauma in sports to the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). 

On Saturday, three former Oakland Raiders players pledged to donate their brains in honor of quarterback Ken Stabler, who was discovered to be suffering from CTE after his death from colon cancer. 

Top NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has also said he will donate his brain. 

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