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Brain disease found in ‘shocking’ number of former football players’ brains

Nearly all of the 202 brains of deceased football players from professional leagues, college and high school showed evidence of the degenerative brain disease that has been linked to repeated head blows. The research is the largest to date on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease that causes the degeneration of the brain resulting in dementia, mood swings, and cognitive problems. The study, conducted by researchers with the Boston University CTE Center and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), diagnosed 87 percent of the brains with CTE, a “shockingly high percentage” according to Dr. Ann McKee, ... Read More

Female athletes more likely to suffer repeated concussions

Collegiate athletes who have suffered a previous concussion were three times more likely to have another concussion compared to athletes who had never had one, according to a study conducted from researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The study also found that female collegiate athletes were more likely than their male counterparts to have a concussion, both overall and in gender-comparable sports. Much of the concussion research has focused on male sports, such as football. Researchers set out to determine whether female athletes had similar risk with head injuries. Their analysis involved more than 1,000 athletes, ... Read More

Alabama businessman, former NFL player Benny Perrin dies in apparent suicide

Alabama businessman, owner of Decatur’s BB Perrins Sports Bar and Grille, and former St. Louis Cardinals defensive back Benny Perrin died last week in what police are calling a suicide. Perrin was 57 years old. Perrin was a football star at Decatur High School and went on to play for the University of Alabama under Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1978 to 1981, during which the team won two national championships. He played four seasons from 1982 to 1986 for the St. Louis Cardinals, and was involved in a class-action lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL) alleging the league ... Read More

First case of CTE found in deceased MMA fighter

Jordan Parsons, a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who was killed six months ago at the age of 25 when he was struck by an alleged drunk driver, is the first MMA fighter to be publicly diagnosed as having the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Dozens of deceased National Football League (NFL) players have been diagnosed with CTE, which is believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. Researchers found that head trauma can cause the buildup of a protein known as tau in the brain, which can lead to cognitive symptoms similar to ... Read More

Former Crimson Tide football player sues NCAA, SEC over head injuries

Cole Harvey, former offensive lineman/tight end for the Alabama Crimson Tide, has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA and SEC, alleging the organizations “failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines,” his lawsuit alleges. The University of Alabama has governmental immunity and cannot be named in such lawsuits. Harvey signed with the team in 2005, but delayed enrollment until spring 2006. He participated in his first spring practice as a tight end but never played during a game. He was not on the roster for spring practice in 2007, the first year Nick ... Read More

Tau imaging may help diagnose CTE while patients are still alive

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a devastating degenerative brain disease caused by the buildup of tau. This protein is produced when the brain has suffered injury, such as a concussion. Repeated head blows can trigger the production of more tau, resulting in CTE. Several former National Football League (NFL) players have been diagnosed with CTE posthumously, since the disease can only be diagnosed during an autopsy. But researchers with Mount Sinai in New York City have found that a type of imaging called tau radiotracer may be able to detect tau and enable doctors to diagnose CTE while patients are ... Read More

Study: Modern warfare damages the brain

Modern warfare damages the brain in a much different way than repeated blows to the head, as seen with professional football players and other hard-impact athletes, a new study shows. Neuropathologist Daniel Perl made the discovery in early 2012, shortly after taking a job with the Pentagon to study the brains of deceased veterans. Perl was very familiar with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the degenerative brain disease seen in many former professional football players who suffer repeated concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). CTE involves the buildup of a protein, known as Tau, in the brain that builds up throughout the ... Read More

Former NFL player, actor Bubba Smith had Stage 3 CTE

Charles “Bubba” Smith, the National Football League (NFL) star who went on to act in numerous television programs and movies, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease that has been linked to repeated concussions. Smith died in 2011 at the age of 66 of an overdose of the weight loss drug phentermine. The findings, confirmed by researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation, were announced this week with the permission of the executor of Smith’s estate. Smith is the 90th former NFL player whose brain was examined by Boston University researchers ... Read More

Study: NFL tried to influence concussion-related government research

The National Football League (NFL) in 2012 promised to donate tens of millions of dollars to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund concussion research, a public relations coup for the league, which had been marred by accusations that it hadn’t done enough to protect its professional football players from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and for downplaying the long-term effects of repeated head blows. But the NFL’s head, neck and spine committee tried to improperly influence the government research and ultimately reneged on one major study, citing conflicts with a researcher and the university he was affiliated with, according ... Read More

Husain Abdullah retires from NFL over concussion concerns

Husain Abdullah, 30, is retiring from professional football after seven seasons at free safety with the National Football League (NFL), saying it’s time to put his personal health first. “Sitting for five weeks last year after suffering the fifth concussion of my career, I had a lot to contemplate,” Abdullah wrote on Instagram. “My goals moving forward are to be of benefit to my family, my community, my country and hopefully the world. Having a sound mind will be vital in accomplishing these goals.” Abdullah’s decision comes just months after 24-year-old 49ers linebacker Chris Borland and 32-year-old Patriots offensive lineman ... Read More