Is football too unsafe to play?

Is football too unsafe to play?

Is football too unsafe to play?

CTE was present in 87 percent.

The study was the largest update on CTE yet.

According to Mez, the severity of disease seemed to track with the number of years spent playing football.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about the recent medical study where 110-of-111 former National Football League players' brains were found to show chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), via the medical journal JAMA. All three of the high school players' cases were mild, while just over half of the college players' cases were severe. Despite this, it's hard to argue that these are the results of a sport with no side effects.

The researchers acknowledged the limitations of their study relied on a brain donation program designed for those who fear they suffer from CTE, however the article concludes that the high proportion of CTE evidence found suggests it may be related to "prior participation in football".

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Some of it has already occurred with advances in helmet design and concussion protocols, but it's becoming more clear that a ban on the game or a major adjustment in the way it's played is unlikely, precisely because recent findings make players all too aware of the risks. They are one of the most frequent brain injuries, occurring more than 1.5 million times a year in the United States; 100,000 of these injuries occur in football alone, at the professional, collegiate, and even high school levels. One innovative example is a collar for athletes based on the anatomy of woodpeckers, which consistently sustain blows to the head in their line of work. Jirik explained that the advances in helmet protection has helped in the process of preventing head injuries by absorbing more of the impact from hits or falls, but that it has also pushed players to use their helmeted heads as weapons.

Another one of the study's findings pointed to its grave importance: suicide was the most common cause of death for the former players whose brains were analysed in the study.

McKee said research from the brain bank may lead to answers and an understanding of how to detect the disease in life, "while there's still a chance to do something about it".

Football season is nearly here and hundreds of thousands of young men will take the field with the dreams of making it to the NFL and playing football professionally. Webster's brain was donated for study after his death largely in part to family members wanting to understand the severe personality changes in Webster after his retirement from the NFL.

The study is limited by factors such as its selection bias and lack of a control group, the researchers write.

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