Report claims brain disease seen in most football players

Report claims brain disease seen in most football players

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Still, McKee is adamant about one point. "How many years of football is too many?" and "What is the genetic risk?"

"There's no question that there's a problem in football".

Longtime concussion expert Dr. Munro Cullum says the study is helpful for several reasons.

"It obviously adds to the cases in the literature", he said. In lay terms, that suggests that CTE, as seen here with characteristic phosphorylated tau deposits, is a distinct pathological entity. "That's all useful information". How much data do we need before we can say with certainty with warning, this practice, this behavior can lead to this type of problem in the future. Going forward, the researchers will focus on risk factors. "Let's get together and actually do something about it", she said. "If all I study is condition x or y, and I find that in the sample that I'm sent, what about the 99 percent of all the other samples?"

"It's not an inert study", McKee said. "If we can detect early changes, that's when we could really make a difference".

Price said he doesn't even remember the episode. Gifford's diagnosis comes amid a growing focus on the risks athletes face from suffering repeated concussions, and just hours after the National Football League admitted its concussion protocols had failed when St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum kept playing Sunday even after his head injury on the field. "In fact, I think it's much more common than we now realize". "All the participants were exposed to a relatively similar type of repetitive head trauma while playing the same sport".

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September 30, 2014 - Dr. Piotr Kozlowski releases a report on former National Football League linebacker Jovan Belcher, stating that he likely had CTE when he killed his girlfriend and himself in 2012. Case studies such as those compiled in this updated paper are important to further advancing the science and progress related to head trauma.

"The NFL is committed to supporting scientific research into CTE and advancing progress in the prevention and treatment of head injuries".

But McKee is skeptical of the NFL's promises to fund research. It came down to health, and I've definitely had my time in the league. "The NFL directs funding only to research they approve of".

McKee's group is continuing to collect cases. This was the year after a federal judge approved a class-action lawsuit settlement between the league and thousands of former NFL players, which paid up to $5 million per retired player for serious medical conditions related to repeated head trauma. Most of the severe cases, which included the majority of former college and professional players, also developed dementia.

As of Tuesday, we have a better idea just how widespread the NFL's concussion issue spans. Omalu is the first to identify CTE in American football players.

Most concussions occur without losing consciousness.

The study examined players as young as 23 years old and as old as 89. "There's no escaping this dramatic number." he said. "That people who play football are at risk for this disease", Dr. McKee told CNN.com. "But CTE is real".

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