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I have been closely following the research on traumatic brain injuries in NFL players. Consequently, I am not surprised but still very alarmed by the details of a new study by the American Academy of Neurology. It shows what has long been suspected: former NFL players are four times as likely to die of brain diseases […]
An extended piece in The Atlantic gives rare insight into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disorder that has historically affected athletes – particularly boxers – but has recently been found in others who have sustained serious head injuries. Brain traumas, especially chronic injuries sustained in sports, can lead to permanent brain damage. Surprisingly […]
A new study finds that young athletes that regularly take hits to the head could suffer brain injury – even if they do not experience a concussion. Researchers followed nine athletes and six non-athletes for one year. Then, they compared brain images taken before and after the season. Seven of the nine athletes had abnormal […]
David Duerson was a former Chicago Bears safety who committed suicide in February. He left a note behind requesting that his brain be studied for evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a dementia-like brain disease afflicting athletes exposed to repeated brain trauma. This month, scientists announced that Duerson's brain tissue showed evidence of CTE. That […]
Reports on Congressional hearing related to head injuries from football