By: Allan M. Siegel
The National Football League has finally acknowledged that there is a link
between football-related head trauma and serious degenerative brain diseases
like CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). The NFL’s executive
vice president of health and safety policy, Jeff Miller,
made the admission Monday, March 14 during a roundtable discussion on concussions held by
the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy & Commerce.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky asked Miller directly, in the form of a yes or no question,
if the link exists. He replied that the answer is “certainly yes,”
but also added that he thought there are still a number of other questions
that should also be asked. Schakowsky pointed out that Miller’s
answer was very different from the one given by Dr. Mitchel Berger, the
San Francisco doctor who leads the NFL’s Head, Neck, and Spine Committee,
just three days before the Super Bowl.
CTE Found in Most Former Football Players
Out of 91 former NFL players who consented to donate their brains for medical
research after death, 87 have been diagnosed with CTE. CTE is a degenerative
brain disease that is similar to Alzheimer’s disease. Symptoms may
include cognitive impairment in multitasking and memory, behavioral changes
including impulse control and aggression, mood changes including apathy
or depression, and in some cases, difficulty making facial expressions
or body tremors. It is currently only diagnosable after death.
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