Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Danger on the Ice

There is a dark side to Olympic sliding sports like Bobsled and Skeleton that casual fans of the Beijing Winter Games know little about: many former and current athletes have suffered major head trauma participating in these sports, suffering the same kinds of injuries normally associated with football players.

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BOBSLED TRAUMA: There is a dark side to Olympic sliding sports like Bobsled and Skeleton that casual fans of the Beijing Winter Games know little about: many former and current athletes have suffered major head trauma participating in these sports, suffering the same kinds of injuries normally associated with football players. The trauma is caused not only by major collisions, but also by small hits often referred to as “sled head,” caused by speed, whiplash and vibration of the ice. Jon Frankel reports. Producer: Chapman Downes.

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