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There are 6 comments on Five New Answers about the Link between Football, CTE, and Dementia

  1. Why doesn’t every NFL player have CTE? So many ex-footballers seem to not be affected. Most of the media is hanging the NFL out to dry regarding this issue. I agree that the NFL has been non-cooperative and non-responsive to this important health issue, possibly criminally so. But there seems to be so many unanswered questions. The NFL doesn’t know. Doctors don’t know. Why does Mike Webster and Junior Seau get it, but Dick Butkus and Steve Young (7 concussions) do not. How much of the general population has or had CTE, so that we can compare? Their brains weren’t cut open to find out. The NFL is in self-preservation mode and I abhor their lack of morality, but I don’t know that we can go as far as saying that they are culpable for the premature deaths of some of these players. Again, why do some get it and some do not when they both have been exposed to the constant punishment over many years?

    1. Regardless of why some do vs. don’t acquire CTE, I think it’s fair to say that there is sufficient evidence for parents to make informed decisions about their young children playing tackle football. I don’t think we can hold the NFL fully accountable – think about how many other sports have dealt with the same issue and not warned athletes, i.e. NHL, boxing, skiing, etc. People continue to poke holes at the science, but these reports should at the very least be screaming PSAs to the individuals who decide to continue playing after several concussions, rather than grounds to serve up lawsuits against corporations. Unfortunately, it is probably up to the athletes to protect themselves in the long run. New regulations and better helmets can only do so much.

    2. Every dead football player who brains were examined post morteum had CTE. Not some…ALL. Junior Seau was sleeping in his car and in order to sleep he would use a tazer on himself. An ex chicago bear killed himself by shooting his heart but first calling ambulance to get there to get his brain out to prove the CTE findings and shot himself in heart just as they arrived…..he had it BAD. The NFL’s own findings say there is a linkage and made a 273 million dollar lawsit from former players. I am upset with myself that I coached for 10 years and let my son play. Talk to troy Aikman, Steve Young, ron lott Jim McMahon. Abg lifespan of NFL players is 25 years below avg male.

  2. They only studied football players but there is nothing listed here that proves there is a higher frequency in football players than the general population. Also the equipment of today is so much more protective than the older equipment. Coaches are also much more aware of the importance of sitting out players who possibly have injuries. So looking at people who played 20 years ago isn’t necessarily indicative of players today.

    1. My husband played 10 years in the NFL, he is now 44. The heartbreaking issues he’s struggled with the last 5 years
      (which despite great efforts, only get worse) would scare anyone away from football. We have 4 children, and live daily on eggshells. He is very aware of the destruction he is creating, and doesn’t want to be doing it- but his emotional impulsivity problems respond to no meds, no therapy, no interventions. It is a confusing and scary process to watch, and one nobody can clearly call it CTE, which makes it even more isolating and difficult to deal with and understand. Trust me, the NFL needs to be held accountable. They continue to pull in billions while throwing pennies toward these men for the sake of saving their public face. The NFL world family is small compared to the general public, and therefore the public doesn’t hear from us enough. Fighting against the NFL and the damage they know is happening is like fighting against God- a God with a bottomless pit of money and lawyers.

  3. I live in columbia sc , my son thinks that he has CTE and he is really struggling , Is there anyone that can help me help him in this area? He said that he really needs help and I am very worried.

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