Head games

New research reveals the long-term dangers of head trauma in action sports

Updated: November 22, 2010, 9:44 PM ET
By Matt Higgins | ESPN Action Sports

It was one of the simpler maneuvers he had attempted in a 14-year professional BMX dirt-jumping career. But while performing a nac nac combination during qualifying at the Dew Tour Championships last month, T.J. Lavin failed to get his feet back on the pedals before landing, sending him headfirst over his handlebars into the flat. Lavin, 33, who won two gold medals (1997, '98) and one silver medal (1996) in dirt at the X Games, wound up in a medically induced coma at University Medical Center ...

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