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New Study Suggests 96% of All NFL Players Have Brain Damage

According to research conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University, the vast majority of National Football League (NFL) players might be suffering from some form of brain damage or brain disease. By studying the brains of deceased players, 87 out of the 91 – that’s roughly 96% - donated brains showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The leading cause of CTE is believed to be repeated trauma to the head and skull.

Victims of CTE might experience symptoms such as:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Inexplicable aggression
  • Depression and suicidal tendencies
  • Dementia
  • Parkinsonism

The research was funded partially by a $1,000,000 grant from the NFL, who has showed interest in helping drop the number of concussions among its players. The NFL actually reported a 35% decrease in players suffering from concussions in recent years; new reports suggest it is actually only 28%, though.

Although the study only used the brains of deceased players, it is not unreasonable to extrapolate the information gathered to players currently in the league, or playing football in other venues, such as college or high school. At such a high percentage, the numbers cannot be ignored.

(To learn more about the study, an article published by Fox Sports can be seen here.)

What is Being Done to Help Players?

An NFL spokesman has said that they are continually looking for ways to better protect their players. From rule changes and improved sideline technology to extensive medical resources, they seem to be dedicated to this cause. Others fear that it is simply implausible to provide the protection necessary in such a high-energy, contact sport.

For people who have suffered a concussion while playing football, there are legal options to seek compensation and restitution. Our Louisiana brain injury attorneys at Anderson & Boutwell have more than 60 combined years of legal experience, with a major focus on those who have suffered head trauma. Get in contact with us right away or request a free case evaluation today to discover your legal options.