Brain Injury Resources . . . CTE & Football
Donna O’Donnell Figurski
The regular season of the NFL (National Football League) begins this week. Although American football can be exciting, we in the brain-injury community are very aware of the havoc that both concussive and sub-concussive head impacts play not only on the brain health of the pros, but also on the brain health of college and high school players (1). We are especially sensitive to the high risk of the trusting and still-developing young players in Pop Warner leagues (2, 3).
There has been a growing public awareness of the brain disease CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), which can develop from hits to the head and lead to “memory loss, confusion, impaired judgement, impulse control problems, aggression, depression and progressive dementia.” Some players have retired early (4, 5). Former players have sued or are suing the NFL (6). There is still a great deal of ignorance about CTE, but much research has been done and is being continued vigorously. This article tells us some basic facts that we should know.
Here is a brief outline from the article:
“Concussions in the NFL are more widespread than we thought
“An estimated 96 percent of deceased NFL players had CTE
“Researchers are working on a test for living players
“The NFL has donated $0 to this important new brain injury study”
I urge you to read the article for the details.
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