ESPN – Kevin Nash joins CTE research program

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

Kevin Nash (art credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch)

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WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash has agreed to donate his brain to CTE research following his death.

Nash, 56, says he wants to be part of the research done by Sports Legacy Institute, headed up by former WWE wrestler Chris Nowinski.

“I went ahead and gave my spinal cord and my brain to the study, and I carry a card in my wallet that my brain and spine goes to them. It’s in my will. Of course, my wife’s aware of it,” Nash told ESPN.com in an interview.

Nash said he’s had recent episodes such as short-term memory loss and other signs of brain trauma from “double figure” concussions during his sports and pro wrestling careers.

“Chris Nowinski started the program, and I’ve had several concussions throughout my life and had scans done and stuff and knew that somewhere down the line, I’ve already had short-term memory problems,” Nash said. “I decided to go ahead (and donate his brain to research). The only way you can diagnose this is after you’re dead.”

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