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New Study Finds Correlation Between Playing Professional Football and CTE

New Study Finds Correlation Between Playing Professional Football and CTE

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study, conducted by neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, which examined the brains of 202 deceased football players from every position on the field – quarterbacks, running backs, offensive and defensive lineman, ranging from high school, college, and at the professional level.

According to the JAMA study, 111 of the 202 football athletes examined played in the National Football League (N.F.L.), with 110 of them discovered to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.). That means, as CNN reports, that 99% of the deceased N.F.L. players’ brains that were donated to scientific research contained the neurodegenerative brain disease.

As noted by the New York Times, these “110 positives remain significant scientific evidence of an N.F.L. player’s risk of developing C.T.E., which can be diagnosed only after death.” C.T.E. is thought to be caused by repeated head trauma. Symptoms include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, aggression, depression, anxiety, impulse control issues, dementia, and sometimes suicidal behavior.

“There’s no question that there’s a problem in football. That people who play football are at risk for this disease,” stated Dr. Anne McKee, director of Boston University’s C.T.E. Center and coauthor of the new study. “And we urgently need to find answers for not just football players, but veterans and other individuals exposed to head trauma.”

According to the Times, “The N.F.L.’s top health and safety official has acknowledged a link between football and C.T.E., and the league has begun to steer children away from playing the sport in its regular form, encouraging safer tackling methods and promoting flag football.”

NFL Players Lawsuit Summary

Lieff Cabraser represents former professional football players and their spouses in a class action lawsuit seeking damages for the painful and debilitating injuries the players suffered from repetitive head traumas during their careers in the NFL. The injuries include concussions and repeated head impacts, traumatic brain injuries, and latent neurodegenerative disorders and diseases.

The complaint further seeks to recover fair compensation for the players’ spouses from the loss of companionship, affection, and support the spouses have suffered due to their husbands’ injuries. For those players that have not yet evidenced the long term physical and mental effects of repetitive head traumas, the complaint seeks the establishment of a medical monitoring program. This program would provide specialized testing for the early detection of the long term effects of repetitive head traumas. Contact us about your case or learn more about the NFL concussions lawsuit.