Skip to comments.Brain injury found in 99 percent of donated brains of NFL players in new study
Posted on 09/25/2017 7:43:20 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
Brain damage was diagnosed in 87 percent of donated brains of 202 football players, including all but one of 111 brains of National Football League athletes.
This new study, published today in the journal JAMA, is the latest linking dangerous head injuries to football, though the authors note that the true risk may be lower than the results suggest.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is the term for brain damage that occurs after repeated blunt impact, like head tackles in football. Previous research has shown that CTE is linked to among other things memory loss, depression, and dementia, and in recent years it has become a point of controversy within football.
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Given current events maybe players have brain injuries their entire careers only to be discovered after retirement or death.
Many players displayed brain injuries yesterday. Scary.
This explains the recent behavior of many of these players.
I suspect a lot of the damage has nothing to do with football, either.
A careful diagnosis will also reveal that 99.99% of the brains within the halls of Congress are damaged as well.
Those that have brains, that is.
There is a big difference between signs of brain injury in a brain dissection and actual CTE diagnosis level dead brain matter
think a little skinned knee versus the Ducati hits a hot pavement skid at 60 with all that nice aggregate in the top of the asphalt and you’re wearing your Shoie full coverage helmet and just gym shirts and flip flops
General population of steroid rittled, sexually overactive, instant rich ghetto overlords would most likely deliver the same distribution of results. Heck you give me a few million a month and I will have some brain damage in no time.
If I had known then what I know today I would never have let my son play high school football. Fortunately he was a bench warmer.
The NFL doesn't know it yet, but they are in a decline that will never end.
Can’t read the actual study without a subscription. And the article uses the conditional a lot. That said, bonking your brain repeatedly cannot be good for you.
Stories like these about NFL players make me think of a number of years ago, the little smurfs who wrote the sports pages back then (and many of whom still do) would lecture about how since that league made helmets mandatory and implemented strict standards on helmets and banned fighting years ago, why did the NHL either take so long or had not done so yet?
That’s certainly not to say NHL players have been immune to this problem (Reggie Fleming and Rick Martin as examples), but those of us who said that more equipment and banning fighting just makes it easier for the careless and stupid and also the cheap shot artists to continue their work seem to be vindicated by even this nowadays.
I was an equestrian dressage and jumping competitor from the age of about ten. At any given time I was in a brace, cast, intensive care unit, orthopedic recovery from broken bones, and on dilantin for head trauma. That went on into my late 30’s when my wife stepped in and said no more. Fun times and never regret any of it.
Lets help them. Time to make the NFL safe. Touch football rules from now on.
Even Brady seems to be confused after getting a few concussions.
What was the rate and extent of injury in the control brains?
there’s no reason in the world that the NFL couldn’t invent a helmet that:
1. Is useless as a weapon for spearing opposing players,
2. Absorbs impact by the permanent deformation of interior components designed to absorb energy. Yes, frequent helmet changes would be necessary, but knowingly allowing your employees to systematically sustain systemic brain energy is both immoral AND bad for business.
I would also add that the NFL should add the NCAA rule that a player is automatically ejected for helmet-to-helmet targeting. I’ve noticed that such targeting now almost never happens in NCAA football since that rule was issued.
Stupid “study”, and even stupider of people to spread it around as if it is some kind of real “study”. Ever hear of selection bias? Hm?