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Researchers Discover 28 New Cases of Brain Damage in Deceased Football Players
PBS ^ | December 3, 2012, 12:01 am ET | Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada

Posted on 12/03/2012 10:02:10 PM PST by Alaska Wolf

Researchers at Boston University have discovered 28 new cases of chronic brain damage in deceased football players — including 15 who played in the NFL — more than doubling the number of documented cases connecting football to long-term brain disease.

The NFL players include two Hall of Famers: running back Ollie Matson, who played 14 seasons in the 1950s and 1960s, and Colts tight end John Mackey, who played 10 seasons and once served as the head of the NFL players’ union. Both died last year after suffering from dementia

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brain; chronic; damage

1 posted on 12/03/2012 10:02:18 PM PST by Alaska Wolf
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To: Alaska Wolf
1) Head traumas = Threatened Lawsuits
2) Threatened Lawsuits = Demise of Football
3) Demise of Football = Rise of Soccer
4) Rise of one-world-sport of soccer = rise of one world government
5) Rise of one world government = end of freedom

If we can't save football, we at least need to dump soccer as fast as we can to break the chain of one-world domination and enslavement.

2 posted on 12/03/2012 10:20:14 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Alaska Wolf

Only touch football is ‘safe’.

Professional football is a violent sport; a hitting sport. Anyone who’s played the game knows how high emotions can run during a game.

Strong emotions from some of the most competitive men in sports with big bucks on the line will never result in safety during play.

Sure, minimize the potential damage to the players, but ya gotta let ‘em play.


3 posted on 12/03/2012 10:23:23 PM PST by MichaelCorleone ('We the People' can and will take this country back...starting today.)
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To: Alaska Wolf

The war against American tradition and manhood rages on.


4 posted on 12/03/2012 10:23:23 PM PST by Washi
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
If the Brits haven't banned Rugby yet, Football will never die.


5 posted on 12/03/2012 10:26:09 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of TheMasses Could Be Farts)
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To: Alaska Wolf
Both died last year after suffering from dementia.

How do they know it wasn't a consequence of Onanism?

6 posted on 12/03/2012 10:28:29 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
If we can't save football,

The advances in protective football headgear just hasn't kept up with the increased speed and weight of the participants and ferocity of the game. I believe there will be significant improvements in helmet construction in the near future.

When I played we were taught not to use our heads as battering rams.

7 posted on 12/03/2012 10:37:22 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (USA!)
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To: Alaska Wolf

I’ve discovered several HUNDRED cases of brain damage and dementia right here in Washington, D.C. in Congress, the White House, and some of the JCS.

Just listen to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Clyburn, G. Johnson, and Debbie Wasserman Schulz. Then run for the nearest bone cutter.

Frontal lobotamies for all of them, care of Obamacare. Now, that’s a plan I could support.


8 posted on 12/03/2012 10:49:35 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
I’ve discovered several HUNDRED cases of brain damage and dementia right here in Washington, D.C. in Congress, the White House, and some of the JCS.

Those are all genetic or self inflicted.

9 posted on 12/03/2012 10:55:01 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (USA!)
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To: Alaska Wolf

The NFL is getting more like pro wrestling and NBA.I am losing interest.


10 posted on 12/03/2012 11:11:45 PM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Looks like we’ll be watching flag football from now on....


11 posted on 12/03/2012 11:12:23 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Anyone who has watched a television player interview would not question whether or not there is brain damage in the pro ranks...


12 posted on 12/03/2012 11:19:55 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Vendome
Looks like we’ll be watching flag football from now on.

Not necessary. Players have to be trained not to use their head and helmet as a weapon.

13 posted on 12/03/2012 11:27:30 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (USA!)
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To: Alaska Wolf

The plaintiffs in the lawsuits against the NFL will likely win their cases or the NFL will have to settle with the former players.

If and when the case is settled in the former player’s favor, the NFL will be forced to change aspects of the game that pertain to helmet to helmet contact or take even more drastic action.


14 posted on 12/03/2012 11:33:52 PM PST by OKRA2012
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To: Alaska Wolf
Unfortunately I don't think that will help. Some of the people studied were from the "good ole' days" when players weren't as big or quick or strong. Their helmets weren't as good, but they had less to be protected from.

Also, soldiers have damn good protective gear, or at least I hope so. When they get caught in the blast of an IED or grenade, even if they escape injury from shrapnel, their brains are partially scrambled from the shock wave.

It would take some really amazing technology to absorb enough of the shock from collisions to prevent the brain from sloshing around and being injured.

In our not too distant future we will either be rooting for tiddlywink teams or virtual footballers.

Boo hoo.

15 posted on 12/03/2012 11:42:35 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

If you think soccer is safe and dumb, you haven’t played it right. American Football players wouldn’t last 10 minutes in a REAL football match.


16 posted on 12/03/2012 11:44:22 PM PST by EscapedDutch ("Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money" - Lady Margaret Thatcher)
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To: EscapedDutch
It's neither safe nor dumb, and certainly requires a lot of cardiovascular excellence.

However, it is a sport played by most countries of the world, most of which are outright or pseudo socialist.

If we're all playing the same sport then there'll be even more calls for us "playing by the same economic or social rules", i.e. becoming more socialist.

The only hope then would be from the ranks of the soccer hooligans.

I'm an overweight wuss so I'd probably do better in a socialist bureaucracy, but I'm still sane enough to prefer anarchy to Kafkaesque futility.

And if there is a better metaphor for Kafkaesque futility than a Nil-Nil soccer match I haven't seen it.

17 posted on 12/03/2012 11:52:35 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Smokin' Joe

This issue deserves the research and attention it’s getting.


18 posted on 12/03/2012 11:55:47 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: EscapedDutch

>> American Football players wouldn’t last 10 minutes in a REAL football match.

That really doesn’t make any sense.


19 posted on 12/04/2012 12:04:11 AM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Big Horn; Alaska Wolf

The NFL (sports) and the military are the last institutions to be attacked by Cultural Marxism... They’ve just about got them conquered.

What’s left?


20 posted on 12/04/2012 12:10:31 AM PST by aquila48
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To: Alaska Wolf
This is shaping up to be quite a show. These lawsuits are game-changers, so to speak. I believe this will be the end of the NFL as we know it.
21 posted on 12/04/2012 12:12:56 AM PST by Ken H
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
Their helmets weren't as good, but they had less to be protected from.

Ollie started his career prior to face masks. The helmet of the 50's and 60's had little actual padding. It was a plastic shell with a canvas strap web which kept your head from contacting the inside of the helmet. We also played outside on frozen fields.

22 posted on 12/04/2012 12:14:29 AM PST by Alaska Wolf (USA!)
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To: Gene Eric

Yes, this research deserves attention. Sports can cause all sorts of injuries but there is no reason we can’t minimize the worst, and brain injuries, dementia, are surely some of the worst. Penalties for obvious or deliberate blows to the head can be made more severe, and helmets and neck protection can improve as technology makes protective gear better and lighter over the years. In all sports.

We don’t want bubble wrapped tiddly winks players. We want real athleticism and field “combat” but we can certainly use the information to make sports safer and yet retain excitement and risk.


23 posted on 12/04/2012 12:25:03 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

Well said!


24 posted on 12/04/2012 12:52:12 AM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: OKRA2012

I think we are missing the lead to where this mess is going to head to. All you need is one high school district to take the numbers and deem that high school football cannot be played within a county. Over a year, it’d likely spread to fifty counties throughout the US. Eventually, one state (a no-NFL state) would deem all high school and college football unsafe.

Once you take out the developmental stage of high school and college football....then professional football slides. You can figure that by 2016...one state will have taken football down. By 2025, I don’t anticipate the NFL existing anymore.


25 posted on 12/04/2012 1:20:07 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Yeah not exactly a good plan you got there

Heading Soccer Ball Linked to Brain Injury

http://www.m.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20111129/heading-soccer-ball-linked-to-brain-injury


26 posted on 12/04/2012 2:34:30 AM PST by Flavius (What hopes for victory, Gaius Crastinus? What grounds for encouragement ?)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Around 2 in the morning a week or so back they had a program on the Science channel about a material that stunt people used, sounded really good to me. They could use it to line helmets. I wish I could remember the particulars, I know it will be on again, I hope I catch it.


27 posted on 12/04/2012 2:50:26 AM PST by tiki
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To: Gene Eric
This issue deserves the research and attention it’s getting.

No argument, there, many of the best and brightest (with leadership potential) spend their high school years playing football. The research might lead to better concussion protection for our troops as well.

28 posted on 12/04/2012 2:52:31 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Has anyone asked the question of whether or not these cases are occurring in pro football players at the same rate as they are occurring in the general population? Furthermore, has anyone asked the case as to whether or not these cases could be linked to the kind of people who gravitate toward football in the first place? Just a thought.


29 posted on 12/04/2012 3:27:16 AM PST by dbeall
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Huge nerf helmets the size of large beachballs are needed.


30 posted on 12/04/2012 3:36:34 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Headbags that deploy upon impact. Hut! (thwoomp)


31 posted on 12/04/2012 3:43:58 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: MichaelCorleone

If rules change, then that’s no different than rules changes in the past.

Folks act as if football hasn’t ever had rules changes before.

Just rule that hitting anyone, anyplace, any situation must be confined to shoulders and lower.

Is that significantly different than requiring a helmet, a facemask on a helmet, pads, etc.? What about the facemask penalty? We accept it without thinking.

Better science is telling us players brains are turning to jelly. Best to fix it with a simple rule change.


32 posted on 12/04/2012 3:49:12 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
3) Demise of Football = Rise of Soccer

I don't know. Those 'headers" in soccer have been identified as a cause of brain damage, also. They might have to eliminate that part.

33 posted on 12/04/2012 5:12:55 AM PST by Will88
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To: Alaska Wolf

Apparently, playing football doesn’t prevent brain damage.


34 posted on 12/04/2012 5:48:32 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Hold My Beer and Watch This!)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Exactly.


35 posted on 12/04/2012 12:05:33 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Alaska Wolf
My son, when playing varsity football in highschool got a concussion bad enough to put him in the hospital...for the first 24 hours he was in and out of consciousness, he still does not remember that day at all and that was about 35 years ago. It took 3 days for his memory to come back to almost normal except for that day. He would wake up in the ER and ask where he was. We'd tell him and why he was there (he had the football and the other team took him out, it seems like they all piled on. He then said good we got the ball and phase out of consciousness again. This went on for hours before they admitted him when he got violent. Typical of head injury's....He was not to scrimmage for 6 weeks and was ticked off. I called his coach to inform him cause I knew my son wouldn't. He loved football, and was varsity it the 10th grade...Both of his son's did great in highschool football also, thank God they received no perm. injury...Son's IQ is still above average and spent 9 years in the air force in charge of “fixing broken planes” as he called it...Langley in the middle of the runways where they taxi the fighters that needed “fixing” Thats all he would say about his job...
36 posted on 12/04/2012 9:36:44 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Gene Eric

I’m sorry I’m too smart for you.


37 posted on 12/04/2012 11:01:57 PM PST by EscapedDutch ("Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money" - Lady Margaret Thatcher)
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