Brain Disease Found 96% of Deceased Pro Footballers
The NFL has recently kicked off a brand new season here in the United States which means more get togethers with family and friends, tailgate parties, and tons of fun. But one aspect which we observers of the game rarely consider is the physical impact of the game on these individuals, particularly on their brains.
In mid-September 2015, more information was released about brain injuries, concussions and football. The New York Daily News reported that 96% of the deceased pro football players who were part of their study tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This degenerative disease has been linked to the deaths of numerous NFL players, including Mike Webster, Dave Cuerson, and Junior Seau.
A Whole ’Lotta Force
Depending on the position a pro footballer may play, they may be hit anywhere from 5 to 100 times in a single game. The tackling force which a single football player of moderate size (around 6-feet and 200 pounds) can produce can be well over 1500 pounds.
This clearly explains why there are over 100 concussions reported every year in the NFL, though as in Seau’s case, the 20 he allegedly suffered (according to his wife) were never reported.
The Common Symptoms of CTE
Seau died due to a self inflicted gunshot wound in May of 2012, and his family strongly believes that CTE has something to do with it. CTE is believed to be the result of repetitive blows to the head, some of which may result in concussions and some which may not.
The most common symptoms of CTE include:
- Loss of memory
- Impaired judgement
- Impulse control problems
- Progressive dementia
These symptoms can begin immediately, though they often start to manifest years, if not even decades, after an individual has suffered his or her last brain injury.
It Only Takes One Blow to the Head
Constant blows for an extended period of time enhance the risk of someone developing CTE or any permanent disability to the brain. We at the MCIS Lawyers personal injury law firm, however, we know that it only takes one blow to the head to completely change a life.
Those who have suffered a brain injury due of the negligence of another, because of an auto accident, or while at work need not suffer in silence.
We offer free initial consultations to all of our clients so that we can discuss your claim, and together we will decide the best approach to you receiving the best treatment possible. To arrange for your consultation, we welcome your call at (818) 999-1184.