Dick Proebstle Scholarship Fund
Dick loved his years as a Spartan from 1960 to 1964. He was a three-year letter winner as a quarterback, punter and PAT holder. Unfortunately, the concussions he suffered led to serious complications throughout his life. We have all learned that concussions can be very serious, and, in severe cases, can lead to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) dementia. Dick died from Stage IV CTE dementia in 2012 as a result of his concussions.
One of the unique traits of CTE dementia is that it can begin much earlier in life; with Dick it started at about 38-40. A major characteristic of CTE dementia occurs in the shrinkage of the brain. Dick’s behavior became erratic, his decision making capabilities failed, his memory failed and he became a difficult person to be around. His family life unraveled, as the on-going shrinking of his brain forged a destructive path for over 30 years. CTE can only be diagnosed after death.
What can we do?
We are fortunate to be represented by a university that understands the seriousness of concussions, as well as the importance of football in developing the character of young men.
- Top level involvement by Lou Anna Simon, President and Mark Hollis, Athletic Director
- Active involvement and the education for all coaches in dealing with concussions
- A baseline MRI imaging study used for research to determine radiographic bio markers
- David Kaufman, D.O., is on the sidelines during every football game.
- Under the direction of Sally Nogle, Ph.D., trainers support all practice and game scenarios
- Return-to-play guidelines for players receiving concussions are well developed
- ImPact, (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), is being used
- Research is being conducted by the Michigan State University Concussion Consortium.
- The culture of "the great ones play hurt" is changing when concussions are involved
The Dick Proebstle Scholarship Fund is intended to help finance an intern(s) and/or graduate assistant(s) who will be involved with concussion research as interconnected to the football program. Under the direction of Sally Nogle, the effort will focus on the diagnosis and management of concussions.
You can help by designating your donation to The Dick Proebstle Scholarship Fund (code AA204), or by contacting Otis Wiley, with the Spartan Fund, at 517-432-4635 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.