High Schoolers Football Head Trauma

High Schoolers Football Head Trauma

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a report Tuesday that found chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, was diagnosed in 177 former players, or almost 90 percent of brains studied.

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We sympathize with the players who made career decisions without knowing the medical risks that have been uncovered since the days when smelling salts were used to treat a woozy on-field condition.

Of 202 deceased former football players, 177 were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which can cause a host of mood and behavioral issues as well as thinking and reasoning problems.

Other published studies list suicide as a clinical feature of the disease, but McKee said more research needs to be done before a correlation is established.

These clinics attempted to raise awareness as football continues to adapt and that starts at the lowest level teaching proper fundamentals of tackling, head up head out was a theme at these clinics. According to a report released on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by the Journal of the American Medical Association, research on the brains of 202 former football players has confirmed what many feared in life _ evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a devastating disease in almost all the samples, from athletes in the NFL, college and even high school.

Dr. Munro Cullum, a neuropsychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, emphasized that the report is based on a selective sample of men who were not necessarily representative of all football players. They believe that the findings indicate that CTE is much more common in football players than previously thought. "The NFL is committed to supporting scientific research into CTE and advancing progress in the prevention and treatment of head injuries".

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At what point does the mounting evidence that football-related head injuries cause brain disease require some type of intervention?

Despite the slight memory loss, Jirik says he wouldn't change his time playing football, but hopes strict enforcement of concussion protocols and future research will help ease the harsh nature of CTE.

Frank Wycheck, another former National Football League tight end, said he worries that concussions during his nine-year career - the last seven with the Tennessee Titans - have left him with CTE and he plans to donate his brain to research.

"Looking back on what we know now, no, I probably wouldn't", Korte said.

53 college players were tested and 48 of them had CTE.

The median age of death for players with mild CTE was 44 years.

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