we start here with the issue of concussions and professional sports. not football this time but pro wrestling. while many people maythink the sport is fake, the hits are often very real, and tonight we havehe story of daniel bryan, a wwe champ whose life is now taking an unexpected and painful turn. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: he's the now former professional wrestler best known for dishing out moves like the missile drop kick. >> the fairy tale has come true! >> this is my first time growing peach trees. it's really good. >> reporter: daniel bryan is speaking out for the f fst time with his wife brie bella, a professional wrestler herself, after@bryan announced 4iz retirement last week. >> i took a test that said maybe my brain isn't as okay as i thought it was. >> hea butts on top of the ladder. >> reporter: the 34-year-old wwe champion says he made the choice after years of suffering blows to the head and many concussions.
of my wrestling career i'd already had three concussions. and then it gets to the point when you've been wrestling for 16 years, that adds up to a lot of concussions. >> reporter: the decision wasn't easy for the yes man. >> yes! yes! >> reporter: who had wrestled and kicked his way to the world's biggest stage before understanding the effects the high-impact sport might be having on his brain. >> the more concussions you have, the more susceptible you are to them. >> reporter: he is just the latest athlete to take a stance in what has become a gathering storm surrounding the repercussions of repeated trauma to the head. trauma that can lead to cte, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the brain disease linked to years o o repeated hard hits to the head. it's identified only after death and has been found in numerous nfl players like hall of famers frank gifford and junior au. last year san francisco 49ers linebacker chris borland said he was retiring from football after just one season because of concerns about his brain. he spoke with espn's "outside
>> football is an elective. it's a game. it's make believe. and to think that people have brain damage from some made-up game is, yeah, i i think the meaninglessness of it, you draw the l le at brain damage. >> reporter: bryan says some of the concussions he suffered led to seizures, which at the time he tried to keepprivate. at first not even telling brie. >> i was with him withh one of his seizures after a concussion. and i mean, it scared me so bad i just -- i lost it. >> i just implored her, please don't say anythinin to anybody. >> yeah. >> if i tell them if i have a concussion they're n n going to let me do what i do anymyme. >> i think a lot of people think that pro wrereling is fake. real? fake. so the -- when you get slammed, you really get slammed. i'm helping him slam me. >> but you're getting injured. >> yes. >> reporter: last year he was sidelined with injury. the wwe took him offheir roster. >> wwe's doctor said i can't in
risk yourself like that. >> athletes are like thoroughbreds. someone has to pull the reins because they will run themselves in the ground if given that opportunity. >> reporter: but some former pro wrestlers say the wwe hasn't always been as protective. in 2015 veto lagrasso and evan singleton filed suit, acougs the wwe of failing to diagnose concussions and sending people into the ring injured. en citing a case of wrestling superstar chris benoit, famous for his head butts, who after his death was found to have suffered from severe cte. the wwe told us, "wwe has never concealed any medical information related to concussions or oerwise from our performers, and in fact wwe has beewell ahead of the nfl and other sports in implementing concussion management procedures and policies." e wwe implemented a talent wellness program that now includes impact concussion testing, a protocol instituted in 2006.
for wwe, which was 2000, there wasn't a whole lot of concussion testing or anything like that. but there wasn't in any sports. >> something's wrong. >> reporter: that change in converuation coming about partly through the determination of the doctor receny played by will smith in the movie "concussion." >> tell the truth. >> dr. bennett omalu. >> we're look at a microscopic slide, a microscopic picture of the brain of a normal individual. the same region of the brain in a football player about 40 years old. and what you can see, t(e brownish spots. >> reporter: a forensic pathologist, omalu first discovered cte while performing webster. a four-time super bowl champ who died from a heart attack while homeless, broke, and alone. >> mike webster died today. a heart attack took his life at the age of 50. >> reporter: believing that
by trauma to his brain, dr. omalu performed webster's extensive autopsy. >> what struck me, what everybody was talking about how he did not do so well after football. i had torovide an explanation for that. >> reporter: he analyzed webster's brain and uncovered a new medical condition. that's when he called it cte and weechbtly told my ly recently told my colleague brian pitts about his findings. >> the most significant contributory factor to ct sechlt exposure to blunt force trauma of the head. >> are we talking like gentle slaps to the head? >> violent slaps that wld make your brain move forward and backward, sideways in your skull, causing shearing injuries. >> you have to think about hits to the head like we think about smoking and lung cancer. you start young enough, you're going to open up the door to lung cancer, just like if you get hid in the head thousands of times every year while your brain is still developing you're opening up the door to cte. >> reporter: today more
afraid to speak out about the toll contact sports is taking on them. >> manning. ben utek. >> reporter: a former tight end for the indianapolis colts and cincinnati bengals. >> for me it has revolved more around memories and, you know, cognitive -- my cognitive abilities. >> reporter: the nfl released this report in the days leading up to super bowl 50, saying "diagnosed concussions in the league increased 58% this season, with a staggering 271 players sidelined since preseason." compare that to the 206 concussions reported in 2014. the nfl told abcbc news the reason for an increase in concussions are unclear but it will look at any significant trends. >> i think there's no question that the cte discussion and respect that we're developing is going to lead to better outcome for people. we need to embrace this
disease from happening in the next generation of athletes. >> reporter: for bryan he hopes that being proactive will make the difference but still worries about his wife, brie, who's in the ring. >> there's a specific incident, it was a couple months ago, she got -- she was standing on the announce table and she got swiped off and she just took a big fall to the floor. a little bit ago she'd gotten a concussion in the ring. so she had to take a week or two off. she's strong, but you still -- sometimes she's my wife, you know, a a you want to protect her. right? >> reporter: both are hoping to start a family. so for wwe fans that might mean another retirement announcement and soon. >> feeling andeeing everything he went through with his retirement, i just feel that it's t te for me to hang up the boots. it's going to be hard on me as well. but that day is definitely very close. >> reporter: for "nightline" i'm
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deep in the heart of silicon valley something is going terribly wrong with young people. my "nightline" co-anchor byron pitts takes us to an affluent iconic community that now has a teen suicide rate five times the national average. this is a story every parent needs to see. >> reporter: sun-kissed and tree-lined, palo alto, california. >> silicon valley is the most innovative place in the world.
today can change the world tomorrow. >> so let's do this. >> reporter: houses here sell for millions, and the high schools are top notch. bubu the limitless potential that palo alto projectstsas another side. >> a so-called hot spot for suicides p. >> because of the sheer number it was just ssive. >> reporter: just last year four palo alto teens took their own lives, enough to be considered a suicide cluster. andd this was the second one to rock this community in six years. >> we were losing a child about every six weeks. >> obviously there's like a crisis. >> reporter: now with the teen suicide rate five times the national average, prompting the cdc to announce today an investigation as to why so many kids here have chosen to end it all. >> a 16-year-old boy took his own life. >> reporter: on the night one of her classmates died, student martha cabot took to youtube placing blame, what she called her town's pressure cooker environment. it went viral. >> the amount of stress on a student is ridiculous. >> reporter: for christian leong
juniors at the other public high school in town, word of his death stunned them. >> it was really sad for me because i didn't ever think that that kind of thing is even possible fororomeone our age. >> reporter: what does it, do you think? for your peers and people suddenly realize it is an option, when someone they know takes that option. >> well, with the whole nature of suicide clusters, we see that when one person does it other peopop who considered it as an option may consider it more seriously. which is really frightening. >> i can't even figure myself out? how on earth am i to expect anyone else to? >> reporter: so last summer they made this documentary called "unmasked "unmasked." their classsstes revealing their own struggles with anxiety and depression. >> through my struggles with depression i self-medicated a lot with alcohol and drugs. >> i was suffering anxiety tacks. >> they're trying to take off the happy everything is okay mask that our community has and
problems that we're going through. >> reporter: where does that pressure come from? does it come from classmates? does itome from teachers? does it come from parents? >> i think if we knew the answer then it would be a lot easier to solvehe problem. >> reporter: dr. madeline gould, an epidemiologist at columbia university, was invited to palo alto to study what could be causing the alarming number of teen suicides. >> there are many communities that have high stress levels and are economically advantaged and they haven't experienced a suicide cluster. >> reporter: she cautions#that one teen suicide can have the frightening and unintended consequence of signali to other teens that it's a real option. >> they practically don't occur in any oth age group. so between the social influences and the biological influences it makes them much more vulnerable to being influenced by somebody else's suicide. >> reporter: and what they can't see at thatime is that there are other ways out of the pain,
feel grateful for. >> it' still to this day i struggle with the terminology atte]uted suicide. >> reporter: the now graduate of palo alto high school says the pressure during her freshman year to achieve was too much. >> it was just insane. i did almost all of the a.p. classes i could take. >> reporter: taylor says sleep was the one thing she didn't make time for. >> for a long time i'd been feeling like i was drowning. i didn't know how to say that i needed a break. >> reporter: it led her to one impulsive moment of desperation. >> what i was trying to achieve was this separation from my reality that i couldn't face. >> reporter: her parents got her into treatment. and with the help of her teachers she made changes to lessen her load. but julianna tachabana's brother ben didn't get the help he needed. he was a sophomore when he took his own life. the message these two women who have overcome enormous pain want to spread -- life is worth living.
that kind of keep reminding you that it is going to get better. >> things are really look up. >> reporter: mark vincenti, a former english teacher at gunn high school who mourned the loss of some of his own students, sees a need for change in the classroom. >> there is a lot that classrooms can do to make teenage despair more bearable and more survivable. that the school environment is crucial. >> reporter: he believes smaller class sizes and, yes, less homework. students feeling like they can say enough could make a difference. >> what's so challenging about going to high school in this part of the country? >> the thingsshat are challenging about going to high school here i believe are infecting high schools across the country because we see now a national discussion about overstressed, burned-out teernlgds. >> reporter: gunn high school has taken action, implementing the yes program to teach students positive coping techniques to deal with stress. >> the thing that i'm most proud of is that we're not doing just one or two things.
plans to sort of build a web of support for our students. >> reporter: in suicide clusters are definitely not just a palo alto problem. >> what we found is that it characteristic. communities have been impoverished, and we'veeen them have a suicide cluster. verydriven, wealthy communities have suicide clusters. >> reporter: and it turns out some 15% to 20% of all teens have considered suicide. but reducing stigma around depression and creating dialogue about mental health are crucial steps toward preventing these deaths. >> it rlly is a community effort. it's really everyone has a role, everyone has a part. it could just be noticing someone's sad and going over to them and saying hey, are you okay? do you want to talk? and those little instances of reaching out i think go a long way. >> reporter: for "nightline" i'm byron pitts. >> our thanks to byron for that important report. and if you want to find resources about mental health
including dne sawyer's recent interview with sue klebold about her book "a mother's reckoning" you cano to our website at abc.com. and ahead something very different. we'll take you to the super bowl of dog shows. the beauty routines, diets, and the dog who just took home best in show at the westminster dog show tonight. what happens when lobster gets grilled, baked, and paired with even more lobster? you get hungry. and you count the seconds until red lobstes lobsterfest is back with the largest variety of lobster dishes of the year. like new dueling lobster tails with one tail stuffed with crab, and the other with langostino lobster mac-and-cheese, it's a party on a plate! and you know every bite of 'lobster lover's dream' lives up to its name. hey, eating is believing.
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pointer, won best in show tonight in the westminster kennel club dog show. it all looks so seamless and so cute out there on the stage, but wait until you see how much work goes into these dogs behind the scenes. for that here's abc's jesse palmer. >> reporter: the contestants may be cute. >> what a beautiful mover. >> reporter: but the competition is always fierce. >> this is like the super bowl. it's like the world series for us. if you get here and you win i is like nothing else in the world. >> reporter: i'm at the 140th westminster dog show. there are over 3,000 dogs here. and they're all competing for onon thing and one thing only. best in show. like any pageant, the competitors' beauty routines are complex. >> they have as many products as you wowod. >> shampoo for an hour. >> wow. >> and then it takes five hours to force-dry every cord to get it dry. >> reporter: there are plenty of divas on hand. >> this dog can not only just
he can take down a gazelle. >> he looks so nice and docile and sweet and gentle. >> she likes mcdonald's. that's her favorite. >> what's the order normally? >> plain cheeseburgers and chicken mcnuggets. >> me too. >> reporter: and there are also some newcomers in the crowd. seven in total. including the french briget picard. >> they jump out of their skin to just being here. >> reporter: and the spanish water dog. >> this is wirefox terrier. >> reporter: then there are the tried and true favorites. the wirefox terrier is often top dog. the breed has won best in show 14 times. and this time around classic german shepherd rumor -- >> beautiful. >> reporter: -- is a crowd favorite. in the end only one dog could be best in show. >> best in show dog tonight 2016 is the german shorthaired pointer. >> the german orthaired pointer, c.j.! >> reporter: but i can safely say all the contestants are pretty adorable. >> this makes my day.
jesse palmer in new york. even as a cat guy i'd have to agree. jsee, ee jesse, thank you for that report. and thank you for watching "nightline" tonight. tunen to "gma" in the morning and you'll be able to see the winner of the westminster kennel club dog show c.j. live on the air. in the meantime we're online 24/7 on our "nightline" facebook page and at abcnews.com. thanks again for watching and good night. >> also hot pursuit, quite the keys. >> anchor: we begiven font with breaking news. where a plane has had to make an emergency landing. >> anchor: that aircraft using a roadway as a runway. local 10 news reportser live on
details. let's taker his report >> anchor: we are going to check in with andrew in just a moment, but we have more developing news. a flood of concern in the ft. lauderdale community, after a sewer main break. spilling sewage on to the ground. neighbors say the smell is just terrible and the sewage is up to a foot in some places. crews have been working to repair the break for hoursp. >> anchor: sky 10 was over that scene at the recall trace apartments. ft. lauderdale city leaders are now warning everybody just to avoided standing water and to avoided water related activities. >> anchor: severe weather, moving in quickly. >> the wind must have been 50 miles an hour, 60, i couldn't see much. >> didn't matter. >> i knew there was trouble trees uprooted, roofs blown off, havoc, all signs confirming the
and new tonight, while residents continue picking up the pieces, crews are working overtime to restore power go counties two twisters and a whole lot of rattled nerves. >> but the good news, nobody was seriously hurt. we have live team coverage for you tonight. as well l right here in our studios. live carlos? >> calvin and lori, we are on the corner of federal highway, which is one of the hardest hit areas in you ward,d, am standing atop a sidewalk that was ripped out, now if you be bear with me, i see one of several trees that litter a strip mall we were at. you can see efforpas of it have bun cut down, but it will take crews another day to remove all of this. >> parts of a sidewalk were snapped into the slabs of concrete where no match for a massive tree that was ripped from the ground. all of it, the work o mother