Football players at much higher risk for brain diseases

I have been closely following the research on traumatic brain injuries in NFL players. Consequently, I am not surprised but still very alarmed by the details of a new study by the American Academy of Neurology. It shows what has long been suspected: former NFL players are four times as likely to die of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and ALS.… Learn More »

Sports and the Danger of Repetitive Brain Injury

An extended piece in The Atlantic gives rare insight into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disorder that has historically affected athletes – particularly boxers – but has recently been found in others who have sustained serious head injuries. Brain traumas, especially chronic injuries sustained in sports, can lead to permanent brain damage. Surprisingly similar… Learn More »

Brain Injuries in Young Athletes

A new study finds that young athletes that regularly take hits to the head could suffer brain injury – even if they do not experience a concussion. Researchers followed nine athletes and six non-athletes for one year. Then, they compared brain images taken before and after the season. Seven of the nine athletes had abnormal… Learn More »

Football Player Suicide Linked to Brain Injury

David Duerson was a former Chicago Bears safety who took his own life in February. He left a note behind requesting that his brain be studied for evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a dementia-like brain disease afflicting athletes exposed to repeated brain trauma. This month, scientists announced that Duerson’s brain tissue showed evidence of… Learn More »

Congress Holds Hearing on Link Between Football and Brain Injury

Reports on Congressional hearing related to head injuries from football