Pennsylvania football players may have a high risk of suffering from a degenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a new study. Researchers from Boston University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs conducted the study by looking at the brains of deceased NFL players. Brains from deceased people who had played football in high school, college and semi-professional leagues were also studied.
Among the deceased NFL players, 96 percent were found to have been suffering from CTE. When researchers looked at the brains of football players from all levels, they found that 79 percent had the degenerative brain disease. Though many living NFL players show signs of CTE when they are tested, CTE can only be diagnosed posthumously. All of the brains that were used in the study came from football players who had donated their brains for CTE research.
CTE is believed to be a result of repeated blows to the head, and it has been linked to memory loss and dementia. With more information coming out about the health risks of playing football, the NFL has made some rule changes and expanded medical resources for players. In April, a lawsuit filed against the NFL by 5,000 former football players who claimed they had health problems was settled for $765 million.
A brain injury can cause many different problems that can affect a person’s ability to live independently and earn an income. A person who has suffered from a brain injury that was the result of another person’s negligence, such as in a car accident caused by a distracted or speeding driver, may want to discuss with an attorney the advisability of filing a personal injury lawsuit seeking damages from the responsible party .