No one will ever deny that football is a violent sport.
Injuries are a constant part of a football player’s life and the effects can last for the rest of their lives.
From broken bones to sprains, strains, and torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons, these modern gladiators leave everything out on the field every week.
Usually they pay the price of a few years of football for a few decades after they retire.
Junior Seau Became The Poster Athlete For CTE
In the last decade a new threat has come to light; one that is directly linked to the very way the sport is played.
The NFL has come under fire from current and former players, accusing the league of turning a blind eye to the devastating effects the constant blocking and tackling can cause on the human brain.
Blows to the head lead to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, better known as CTE.
Those who suffer from CTE have experienced memory loss, depression, confusion, and in some cases, even dementia. The symptoms typically don’t appear until years after the impact occurs.
Many Players Have Suffered The Effects Of Collisions
Recently, Dr. Anne McKee of the VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the CTE Center at Boston University has come to a shocking conclusion: out of 202 brain samples from deceased football players that have been examined, over half show clear signs of CTE.
NFL Hall of Famers as well as athletes who never made it past the collegiate level were all found to have the clear signs of degenerative syndrome and no position or age was immune.
Even kickers and punters, who have the least physically-impactful roles on a football team, exhibited signs of CTE.
Now Most Players Are Concerned About CTE