Researchers say they've identified a brain disease believed to be associated with repeated head injuries and concussions in a total of 87 out of 91 former NFL players who had donated their brains to science after they died. Scientists with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University -- where the nation's largest brain bank focused on the study of traumatic head injury is located -- told PBS's Frontline that 96 percent of the NFL players they've examined tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The degenerative disease is largely believed to stem from repeated head trauma. It can lead to memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression and, eventually, progressive dementia. Additionally, they found that CTE has been identified in the brain tissue of a total of 131 out of 165 individuals who played football either professionally, semi-professionally, in college or in high school before their deaths. Forty percent … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Report: Brain disease CTE found in 87 deceased NFL players
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There have been a number of reports about whether former NFL players are at a higher risk for suicide, but a new government study suggests the answer is 'no.' Researchers from the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) analyzed suicide death rate data on 3,439 retired NFL players. All the men played football for the NFL for at least five seasons between 1959 and 1988. The scientists compared the findings with the suicide death rate for men matched for race and age in the general population. They found that the rate of suicide among the former NFL players was actually lower than the suicide rate in the general population. Between 1979 to 2013, there were 12 suicide deaths in the NFL group compared with 25 suicide deaths in the group of other men, according to the study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. A few highly publicized cases -- like the suicide of former NFL player Junior Seau in 2012 -- have raised concerns that suicide in former … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo New findings on former NFL players and suicide risk
When the NFL season kicked off Thursday night with a rematch between last year’s Super Bowl teams, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, football fans were focusing on which franchise would claim victory this time around. (Spoiler alert: The Broncos won again.) But fears of career-ending injuries lurk in the back of the minds of professional football players every time they take the field, and a new study sheds some light on exactly what kinds of injuries can be most devastating. It turns out that tendon and ligament injuries are potentially worse than broken and dislocated bones when it comes to complete recovery, the new study showed. Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and injured tendons in the kneecap and the Achilles heel seemed to keep players off the field or diminish their future performance more than other orthopedic injuries, the researchers found. “While these injuries [of tendons and ligaments] are relatively … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo The football injuries most likely to take down an NFL player’s career
Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan has earned his living with brutal hits on the football field. But the husband and father of two would like to prevent those hits from haunting him in the future. “I love the game. Don’t get me wrong. But we didn’t know at the time what the inherent risks were,” Morgan said. Doctors have linked the chronic, degenerative brain disease known as CTE to repeated head trauma. Morgan has been following reports that cannabidiol, or CBD, may be able to help. CBD is a compound that comes from the marijuana plant. It contains so little THC, the psychoactive component of pot, its manufacturers claim it technically doesn’t even qualify as marijuana under federal law, reports CBS News’ Dana Jacobson. It’s helped control seizures among some children with epilepsy, but we don’t know if it can help protect athletes’ brains from traumatic injuries. “What about what you were learning said to you, … [Read more...] about Could marijuana compound CBD help NFL players with pain?
State lawmakers on Thursday narrowly advanced a proposal to ban children under age 12 from playing tackle football in youth leagues, a measure aimed at preventing the brain disease that the family of famed Chicago Bear Dave Duerson blames for his suicide.Duerson’s son was on hand for an Illinois House committee meeting at the Capitol for the debate over the proposal named for his father. Banning tackling for children is meant to prevent chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that has been linked to repetitive head trauma.State legislative committee hearings often can be long, monotone debates. On Thursday, though, a former NFL linebacker hit a child-sized mannequin to the hearing room floor in an attempt to demonstrate the danger of concussions, knocking off its Chicago Bears helmet in the process.“For a youngster at six or seven who’s playing,” former San Francisco 49er Chris Borland said as he hit the mannequin’s helmet with … [Read more...] about Ex-NFL player tries to show dangers of concussions as Illinois House panel advances youth tackle football ban