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There are 19 comments on CTE Found in Dead College Football Player

  1. Thanks Caleb for an excellent reporting job on a very important story. Raising awareness is critical. Well done, and a very real “cause for pause” for athletes, families and coaches.

  2. A big thank you to Owen’s family for donating his brain for evaluation. I have been following the work of CSTE, and they have some very important findings that athletes at all levels, as well as those around them, need to pay attention to.

  3. This is such a critical finding. But football is so deeply entrenched in our schools. There should be more people aware of this, pushing to change how the game is played (not likely) or better equipment to protect the brain (which I’m not sure is possible.)

  4. Please, BU, do not limit the scope of your research to youngsters who play sports.
    My dynamic sister who had just received her BSN, and was on her way to her master’s degree in nursing hung herself a year ago at the age of 50.
    She had been a victim of repeated physical abuse as a child, and, after reading your article, was wondering if it was possible she suffered brain tramua, in addition to the emotional stress of her childhood, that lead to her suicide.

  5. ‘Big thank you’ to Owen’s family, Caleb Daniloff, Devin Hahn, Alan Wong, Dr. McKee, Christopher Nowinski, Dr. Cantu and the entire BU team of Doctors and Researchers. Head trauma (be it from sports or abuse – respectively) is a horrible thing! It is a hidden disease with little research which means so many of our loved ones have suffered quietly for so long. For too long! They do not only have diseases, but can not know what is wrong with them. I implore you all, please, continue this imperative work.

  6. Besides the ipothesis before mentioned, C.T.E. might be caused by a fungy that penetrates through the ears producing neurotoxins and reducing brain functioning. Those people affected, who are also exposed to micro-head traumas might be exponentially at risk of the fungi and the related C.T.E. propagation.
    B.s., G.D.,
    M.Negroni – Boston U

  7. I’m a Senior in High School and have had seven concussions from playing soccer. Its scary to think that something like this could result from even small jolts to the head. Now I know why my doctor, who coincidentley is Dr. Cantu, didn’t clear me to play soccer my Senior season.

  8. As much as I love to watch my grandkids play football. This scares the crap out of me. I do not want their brains destroyed by this terrible jolting of the brain. My little great nephew, which I think of as my grandson, becsuae I cared for him from the time he camr home from hospital unti he was 2 years old. I love him sooo much. He lives in Florida and I have made trips from Alabama just to watch him play football. He is only 5 years old, and so small. His helmet did not fit him reight, it moved up and down , and they took out the lining and it still just moved up and down,. I know he is to little to play football anyway. Now I am scared to death he will have brain damage.

  9. It’s a tragedy that this is happening, but as a former football player and now working in the medical field, it is just nearly impossible to protect the brain itself. It is encased in it’s own protective cavity (the skull) a helmet cannot and will not prevent the brain from bouncing around in the skull. It just doesn’t work that way. Helmets today offer little more protection than the old leather helmets. They protect the skull and scalp, but not the brain. Sorry, but those are the facts – that’s how we are built.

    1. Good point! My daughter’s father was involved in a motorcycle accident 2 year ago, and was wearing a helmet at the time. He sustained a lot of other injuries but survived. However, he has since exhibited some strange behavior–namely amnesia about what transpired in our former relationship, and made statements about me to MY family that were totally untrue. My mother asked me if he had a head injury when he had his accident, and I told her he was wearing a helmet–but, in light of what happens to the brain inside the skull even with a helmet on, it’s highly possible he DID have a head injury–that may explain his complete non-recollection of the facts, and his previous phone message he left for our daughter; I don’t know what he said, but whatever it was, it got my daughter so upset I had his phone number blocked so he couldn’t get calls through to us. I can’t think of anything else that would cause him to behave like this.

  10. BU, Is the effects of repeatedly heading a SOCCER ball being studied for CTE? I would think that would be a large source for study material.

  11. This is just another sad story of how football-related head injuries can take their toll. As sad as it is that he committed suicide, given the progressive nature of CTE, his behavior would have gotten worse too–and that would have been difficult for his family and friends to endure. It’s just sad what CTE does to people’s brains, and even sadder that some people in the world of athletics want to deny the existence of it and the link between CTE and sports-related concussions.

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