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87 Out of 91 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease


Health & Wellness  (tags: degenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, CTE, football players, deceased football players, Frontline )

Sheryl
- 1375 days ago - pbs.org
Researchers with Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University have now identified degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE in 96 percent of NFL players that they have examined and in 79 percent of all football players



   

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Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday September 18, 2015, 2:52 pm
That doesn't sound good at all . . .
 

Animae C (509)
Friday September 18, 2015, 4:22 pm
Not surprised at all, it's like our rugby but at least your boys wear helmets, ours don't!!!
Absolute madness!

Thanx Dandelion
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 7:33 am
To me, sport where you have to wear protective gear, due to the extreme competitive nature of the sport, ceases to be a true sport. The competitive nature nowadays is dominated and ruled by money and business/sponsorship deals. . .
 

Birgit W (160)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 8:03 am
Sport should be healthy and not damaging to your body. Thank you
 

. (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 8:57 am
I think this will be found true of any contact sport where contra coup injuries are prevalent.
 

Patrick D (344)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 9:16 am
Agree with Darren; money is talking and others are hurting.
 

Maryann S (112)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 10:07 am
I'm surprised it isn't 100%.
 

Winn A (179)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 11:56 am
So playing Football is worth getting brain injuries? Seriously . . . . . .
 

divergent r (309)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 12:14 pm
gladiator disease..
thanks for posting..never understood the attraction
or the love ,at the risk of injury,death for a ball game
 

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 1:08 pm
Because I KNOW I am prejudiced againt rough sports with possibilities of injury, part of me thought I was internally exaggerating the danger. I'm a little surprised to know that I wasn't. At all.

Any statistics on college players, and or especially high school players? I have a friend whose older son is playing this year. I don't know how she can stand it. Hard enough to see strangers hurt each other. When it's someone you love, it's harder.
 

Darlene W (289)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 1:20 pm
Thank you Dandelion for sharing --more people need to be made aware.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 1:43 pm
Noted. Thank you for the article.
 

Liliana G (204)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 8:52 pm
Thanks. I had read about this elsewhere. It comes as no surprise NFL's attempts to deny this for obvious reasons. What comes as a surprise is the involvement of the Veterans Office mentioned. How do you compare football game and war deployment in terms of bodily risk? Just wondering...
 

Walter F (128)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 9:19 pm
This would apply to some pro boxers as well as footie players who stay in the game for too long ..it's a good thing they earn big money ,they will need it for palliative care in old age..Mohamed Ali is a classic example of one who stayed around too long..Too many head knocks in boxing or footie will eventually bugger your brain
 

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:36 am
NFL have to change the rules of the game to protect the players better,they've started but it's not enough and not fast enough.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:52 am
I'm not a sports fan, so I've never attended a game nor watched one on TV. I've never purchased any football items. I therefore feel good that I've never contributed towards this.

As a parent I wouldn't allow my son, knowing this medical information, to play football, what they do after age 18 one has little control over, but if they hadn't developed the skill by then they most likely wouldn't go into football. Anyone entering this field must really give these facts high consideration because 87 out of 91 are not good odds in ones favor.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:55 am
Correct Walter, I was thinking of Mohamed Ali and the punches to the head, this article though just concentrated on football.

There is a lot of head trauma with the wars Liliana so perhaps with their studying the brain to better understand the soldiers brain damage or ways to prevent it they took this on as well. Just as we gained many things from NASA perhaps society gains from the Veterans knowledge.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:59 am
I just noticed a petition another C2 member placed on. Very timely. Here is the link.
PETITION Do Not Penalize NFL Players For Taking Time Off After Head Injuries
 

Janis K (129)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 10:50 am
JANIS,
YOU TOOK ACTION ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
Thanks Dandelion
 

Ken O (55)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:25 pm
Isn't it mandatory to have a brain disease to be in the NFL? The one's that don't have enough brain cells left to be a bruiser in the NFL wind up as cops.
 

Jim M (38)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 12:47 am
noted
 

Jim M (38)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 12:48 am
thank you
 

J. G (55)
Monday September 28, 2015, 11:49 am
Strange as would have thought wearing head gear would protect, but obviously not :( thanks Dandelion
 

Eileen S (52)
Thursday October 8, 2015, 10:10 am
This has been know for many years and down played, the same as boxing..thank you for this petiton and thank you Dandelion for brnging it to my attention God bless hugs..
 

Gina Caracci (219)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 2:58 pm
the money isnt worth it, but then again obviously they think it is
 
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