Damar Hamlin’s collapse: PTSD, mental health challenge for Bills, Bengals

Kevin Chapman had briefly walked away from watching Monday night’s Bills-Bengals game at his Louisville-area home when his phone started buzzing. The texts alerted him to the news that Bills Safety Damar Hamlin had gone into cardiac arrest on the field.

Rushing back to his television, Chapman, a licensed psychologist and director of the Kentucky Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, felt himself kick into clinical mode as he watched ESPN’s live coverage. “My mind immediately went to the players who witnessed it,” says Chapman, a former Division III running back himself. “I thought, ‘Shoot, this could be a budding trauma.’ They need to look after their mental health.’

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