The most recent AMA report: the study of 110 out of 111 brains of former football players revealed the presence of CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
My past includes neither a pro- nor anti-football stance. I attended a few games during college days. Something to do on a pleasant Fall day. But today’s report, following the most recent study by the AMA, stopped me in my tracks. Numbers, representing humans, possess a unique power to pull focus. Witness:
Of the 111 brains of former NFL players that were donated and studied, 110 had CTE…
The study also revealed a higher rate of CTE at every level of football. Researchers examined 202 deceased former football players and found that 177, or nearly 88 percent, had CTE. Forty-eight of 53 college players were found to have CTE and three of 14 who played only in high school had it, the study found.
The mention of high school players sent chills down my spine. Fact: CTE is diagnosed only post-mortem. Stop. Think, about the implications.
The statistics reawaken memories of AIDS news reports during the early days: a diagnosis equated to a death sentence. There may be no death sentence inherent in playing football. But it now appears indisputable: the sport does indeed carry the rarely-escaped sentence of lifetime torment, post football-field glory days. Even. If. Played. Only. In. High. School.
Free will. The lure of fame. And money. For a price. The player’s mind.
- CTE found in alarming number of NFL players’ brains, new study shows. July 25, 2017 12:46 PM. Penn Live
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