There is a Connection between Football and Head Trauma, specifically, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

There is a Connection between Football and Head Trauma, specifically, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

Feb 28

There is a Connection between Football and Head Trauma, specifically, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

After their deaths, NFL players Ray Easterling, Mike “Iron Mike” Webster and Dave Duerson were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), an injury that causes a breakdown in the brain. CTE, which is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain that can lead to memory loss, dementia and depression, was most likely caused by the repeated blows to the head the three players suffered throughout their NFL careers, according to medical professionals. CTE, made these men experience intense suffering, often to the point of breakdown.

National Football League’s (NFL’s) senior vice president of health and safety admitted very recently to a member of a U.S. congressional committee, the connection between football and head trauma, specifically, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This admission was made after on a study by Boston University found traces of CTE in 90 out of 94 deceased players it examined (CTE, which was found in military veterans, those with a history of repetitive brain trauma and athletes, especially boxers, requires proof of degeneration of brain tissue and deposits of tau proteins and other proteins in the brain. Due to this, it can only be seen or detected through study of the brain after death).

NFL players know and acknowledge risk of musculoskeletal disorders/injuries (or MSDs, such as injuries to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels). With regard to CTE, however, no player was ever told of the possible risk of suffering from this injury; the league, for so long, also denied any possible link between football and this chronic brain disorder.

Musculoskeletal disorders/injuries that players can sustain include:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and Torn Meniscus, which are knee injuries;
  • Muscle contusions, which usually affects the thigh;
  • Shoulder tendinitis, which is due to the repetitive motion of throwing;
  • Shoulder separation or dislocation, which is due to a direct blow below the shoulder;
  • Ankle sprains and strains, which is probably the most common sports injury; and,
  • Torn hamstrings

A law firm that represents former NFL players in more than 700 lawsuits says, “Throughout its many years, the NFL and team franchises have continuously chosen to increase its own revenue over bettering player wellbeing as seen in the still prevalent debate over the 18 week season. NFL players subject themselves to brutal hits every game they play and while they may be compensated immensely for their time, the health risks that each player takes on are still unnecessarily high. Player health needs to remain the top priority for any sports league, especially one as dangerous as American football. Parties, whose negligent acts needlessly increase the likelihood that an NFL player will incur a brain injury, need to be held responsible for their heedless disregard for those that they have injured.”

This same law firm may be able to offer you vital information that will help you learn more about NFL concussion lawsuits.

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