The Dangers of Football & CTE
Last week, Bo Jackson – the only athlete to ever be an All-Star in baseball and All-Pro in football – knows that his illustrious career would’ve played out differently because of what he knows now.
“If I knew now what I had known back then,” said Jackson in USA TODAY Sports, “I would have never played football. Never. I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they didn’t tell anybody.”
Last March, the NFL finally acknowledged – after years of denial – a link between playing football and the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Even since the rare disease was discovered in the brain of football legend Mike Webster in 2002, researchers at Boston University have found the disease in thousands of former football players from every level, even one as young as 17 years of age.
“The game has gotten so violent, so rough,” Jackson declared. “We’re so much more educated on this CTE stuff; there’s no way I would ever allow my kids to play football today.”
Repeated head trauma throughout many years is the likely cause of CTE. The condition is commonly found in the brains of people who played contact sports, including football.
During the first stage, symptoms do not appear to be substantial – such as headaches and mild disorientation. However, as the condition progresses, CTE can cause memory loss, poor judgment, emotional instability, erratic behavior, vertigo, tremors, dementia, depression, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts.
Unfortunately, several former NFL players who have taken their own lives were discovered to be suffering from CTE prior to their untimely deaths. It is becoming much clearer that the developing brain is more susceptible to concussion, resulting in a delayed recovery time that can have an immense, negative health impacts down the road.
When Should I See a Doctor?
Research shows that people with CTE might be at increased risk of suicide. So, if you have thoughts of harming yourself and suffering repeated head trauma due to playing football, it is imperative to address this issue immediately with a medical professional. If you are experiencing short-term memory loss, anxiety, aggression, or depression after suffering a concussion from football, you must seek immediate medical attention.
How Shrader & Associates L.L.P. Can Help
Those in a position to look out for athlete’s best interests – such as coaches and medical staff – often fail to take effective action to protect their athletes and fail to inform them of the significant risks associated with football, concussions, and CTE. When you or a loved one are a former collegiate or professional athlete that has suffered concussions or concussion-like symptoms, our sports concussion lawyer at Shrader & Associated L.L.P. is ready to help you recover your entitled compensation and pursue the justice you deserve.
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