(c) 2018 Jon L Gelman, All Rights Reserved.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy -- Football Injuries

Football players' disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), is again in the news as evidence mounts causally connection contact sport head trauma to the illnesses. 

The study included 35 former NFL (National Football League) players and revealed that 34 had CTE before their death. A class action lawsuit is pending by the NFL players for head trauma injuries.

"CTE is clinically associated with symptoms of irritability, impulsivity, aggression, depression, short-term memory loss and heightened suicidality that usually begin 8–10 years after experiencing repetitive mildtraumatic brain injury (McKee et al., 2009). With advancing disease, more severe neurological changes develop that include dementia, gait and speech abnormalities and parkinsonism. In late stages, CTE may be clinically mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease or frontotemporal dementia (Gavett et al., 2010, 2011). A subset of cases with CTE is associated with motor neuron disease (MND) (McKee et al., 2010)."

Read the complete research article: The spectrum of disease in chronic traumatic encephalopathy 10.1093/brain/aws307

Read more about "football player injuries"
Apr 19, 2010
Football, the sport of humans clashing heads together, is now subject to a growing wave of workers' compensation claims for dementia. Recent studies have shown that football players have suffered head injuries as a result of ...
Mar 07, 2011
A Maryland Court of Appeals has awarded workers' compensation benefits to Tom Tupa, a Washington Redskins football payer. He was injured while warming-up for a football game to be played at FedEx Field in Landover, ...
Nov 20, 2011
Wayne Hills varsity football coach Chris Olsen, proving that winning games is more important to him than teaching life lessons, defended nine players charged in the brutal beating of two Wayne Valley students. Actually, Olsen ...
Sep 23, 2011
Most people know that football is dangerous. We see reports of NFL players with every kind of gruesome injury imaginable. Even suicidal depression, it turns out, is a potential hazard of playing football. Of course playing in the ...