Study Links Brain Disease and Sports-Related Concussions

kids playing football A recent study has confirmed that sports-related concussions from contact sports like football are definitely connected to long-lasting head trauma.

The research analyzed the brains of 202 deceased former football players, including 111 who played in the National Football League. Of the 111 former NFL players, almost all - 110 - showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease of the brain. In other words, more than 99% of the brains of former NFL players showed indications of degenerative brain disease.

Certain team positions appeared to have greater rates of CTE than others - 44 of the players were former linemen and 20 were running backs.

The study was conducted by a neuropathologist with directing duties at Boston University and the VA Boston Healthcare System. The brains came from deceased athletes of varying ages, from 23 to 89. All these players sustained multiple injuries to the head that resulted in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) during their playing careers.

Researchers admit that the study was far from random. The brains included in the study were donated by the former players' families because they felt that their loved one showed signs of CTE.

More Evidence Links Contact Sports and Degenerative Brain Disease

The results of this study add to mounting evidence that head injuries suffered in contact sports, particularly football, are linked to degenerative brain disease, or CTE.

Last year, after years of denials, the NFL's top health and safety official admitted the football-CTE link. CTE can be diagnosed only posthumously and is characterized by a build-up of a tau protein in parts of the brain.

The NFL has agreed to a settlement with thousands of retired players and will pay damages to the families of those found to have the disease between 2006 and 2015.

Protect Young Athletes from Concussions

Start now to create a safe sports culture for your child and lower the chance of a concussion - actually a mild form of TBI - or other serious injury:

  • Enforce fair play rules including no striking another athlete in the head, using the head or helmet to make contact with another athlete, making illegal contact, checking or tackling.
  • Learn and watch for the symptoms of concussion including headache, dizziness, trouble concentrating, confusion, light intolerance and nausea.
  • Discuss the importance of reporting head injuries with your child. He may be reluctant to report a possible concussion because of fear of losing a position on the team or in a game, or worry about jeopardizing a future sports career or letting their teammates down.
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