Source: forbes.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 7/26/2017 –
A dramatic story in the New York Times will send shockwaves throughout the world of football and other collision sports. The article details the findings of a study done by Dr. Ann McKee and researchers at Boston University and VA Boston Healthcare Systems on 202 brains of athletes who played football at the HS, college, and CFL and NFL levels. 87% of the players’ brains were found to have some level of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The study of 111 brains of retired NFL players showed that 110 of them were impacted by CTE. This will reignite the discussion of whether football is a game that can be played safely, and a new focus on prevention and treatment.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is an insidious condition caused by multiple blows to the head. As it progresses the personality of the sufferer changes and mood swings and depression follow. Memory loss, inability to hold a job, and the breakup of families can ensue. Ultimately suicide may occur. The suicides of former players Dave Duerson and Junior Seau brought this to public attention.