CTE and it's Consequences
WOW….here is an amazing FACT...in September 2015, researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University announced that they had identified CTE in 87 of 91 (97%) deceased NFL players that they had examined and in 79% of all football players. I really want to cry right now…There are four (4) stages to the disease, with the first being disorientation and dizziness progressing through and including ocular abnormalities and suicidality. At the present time, it can only be diagnosed through direct tissue examinations, including full autopsies and certain types of brain analyses. Other individuals that have been diagnosed with CTE were involved in military service, had a previous history of chronic seizures, victims of domestic abuse and were involved in activities which resulted in repetitive head collisions.
Reading about the former NFL players that died as a result of CTE or died with CTE is like reading a WHO’s WHO in professional football….but, there is a case on record of a high school football player dying as a result of the disease and a 21 year old defensive lineman from the University of Pennsylvania, who committed suicide, having been ‘diagnosed’ with the disease as a result of the autopsy….in 2012 some 4,000 NFL players joined civil suits against the NFL, seeking damages over the League’s failure to protect players from concussions….in August of 2013, the NFL reached a $765 million settlement with former NFL players over the head injuries. A very, very large compensation fund was created as a result of the lawsuit from which former NFL players can collect depending on extent of their conditions.
Just recently, actually on January 26, 2016, an autopsy report released by the family of former New York Giants safety, Tyler Sash, confirmed that Sash was suffering from CTE at the time of his death at age 27 in September of 2015…..and some many wonder why I’m so angry at the NFL………….
If you haven’t seen the movie, Concussion, you may want to look at the Trailer…..and if you don’t know the story, you will want to know that it took a very humble Medical Doctor, a Pathologist, educated in Nigeria….who knew nothing, absolutely nothing, about the game of American Football….or even worse, the power of the NFL….and he dared to investigate, study the brain tissues of Michael Webster, former Pittsburgh Steeler’s player after his death, while living out of his car in a field in western Pennsylvania. Dr. Omalu insisted that no one ‘becomes crazy’ without some type of pathology….he was bound and determined to find and identify the pathology, at his own expense (because the hospital and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans and the NFL didn’t want any additional information)….along with a few leading American Neurologists, who collaborated Omalu’s findings, the battle with the NFL began….it was only years’ later that the NFL was forced to stop fighting/hiding and playing games with their employees and the public and come clean with the recognition that CTE exists and the NFL, for a good many years, did know that repetitive hits to the brain (as any low intelligence individual would know) were not good for one’s present or future…..
GO SEE THE MOVIE, CONCUSSION…..then watch the Super Bowl….
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