There’s no denying the truth – football is a violent sport. Injuries are a given, and those who spend their career playing the sport often bear the battle scars of a life in service of the most aggressive athletic competition this side of boxing. From busted knees and noses to all manner of strained and torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons, these modern day gladiators leave it all on the field every Sunday (and the occasional Monday and/or Thursday) and usually pay the price later on in their twilight years.
He Suffered From CTE
But now there is a new threat, one that is directly linked to the very way the sport is played. During the last decade or so, the NFL has been accused of turning a blind eye to the devastating effects on the brain the constant blocking and tackling can cause. Blows to the head lead to something called CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, and those who suffer from it experience everything from memory loss, depression, confusion, and even dementia. What’s worse, the symptoms often don’t appear until years after the impact.
So Did He
Now, with nearly 202 samples from deceased football players to examine, Dr. Anne McKee of the VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the CTE Center at Boston University has come to a shocking conclusion – more than half of the brain matter examined showed clear signs of the degenerative syndrome. From NFL Hall of Famers to athletes who never made it past college, no position was immune. Even kickers and punters, not thought to be involved in the more violent parts of the sport, exhibited signs of CTE. The age range was from 23 to 89.
Now Most Players Are Concerned About The Possibility Of Getting CTE