It’s hard to imagine a football match that didn’t include some rough and tumble tackling and a player on a stretcher. Football concussions and head injuries in American football are all too common, dangerous and now under major scrutiny by the medical world.
The sad reality is that the brutal beauty of the game now links football and CTE cases to a large percentage of deceased former NFL players.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease which can only be diagnosed after death, is caused by repeated blows to football players´ heads over a period of years. The disease can lead to conditions such as dementia, memory loss, and depression.
Head Injuries in Football
A study published in 2017 by the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that the 110 out of 111 brains of deceased NFL football players had CTE. For the study, researchers examined the donated brains of 202 deceased former football players at all levels. “Nearly 88 percent of all the brains, 177, had CTE. Three of 14 who had played only in high school had CTE, 48 of 53 college players, 9 of 14 semi professional players, and 7 of 8 Canadian Football League players. CTE was not found in the brains of two who played football before high school,” reported NPR on the study.
Sadly, this discovery linking football concussions and brain damage means that both football players and the future of the game are at risk.
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