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The relationship between repeated concussion and CTE has been clearly acknowledged by the NFL.

October 10, 2013, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

A recent program on PBS Frontline has highlighted the dangers of repeated concussion in professional sport, and the link to CTE in the pro athletes. In football almost every play in game and practice involves a blow to the head. The experts calculate that equates to over 1000 hits a year per player.

'Iron' Mike Webster played in the NFL for 17 years and after he retired he became an increasingly confused and angry man with no stamina.  He could not concentrate; he could not cope with his life. His home life became so bad that his marriage disintegrated after 27 years. He became a homeless. When he died he was a physical wreck, and was diagnosed with the rare disease of CTE post mortem.

Sadly his story is not unique. Researchers at Boston University have since found CTE in 50 players. The youngest of them is 17. The NFL has settled a $765 million suit over head injury that was spurred by Mike Webster's first disability claim in 1997. In 2000 the NFL gave Webster disability settlement, and the NFL acknowledged that football causes brain injury.

Clearly other professional sports involve similar injuries, but the long term welfare of players and retired players doesn't seem to be a priority for the leagues.  It is time to take action to stop the injuries and to protect our young amateur athletes who emulate the pros, and the professional athletes themselves.

 

 

Posted under Personal Injury, Brain Injury, Concussion Syndrome, Spinal Cord Injury

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