Friday, July 1, 2011

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Ctd

CNN has an interesting report about retired NFL player Dorsey Levens who is making a documentary about the situation with concussions in professional football. The basic gist of it is that football is built around a culture of toughness and survival; any admission of weakness can lead to reduced playing time and reduced salaries and endorsement deals. I suppose this is not a big surprise, but its still interesting to see that a documentary is being made by an actual former player who will hopefully be getting current players to speak on the record about a topic they are usually very reticent over.

The article also mentions Dr. McKee at BU, who found evidence of CTE in 14 of the 15 brains of professional football players she studied. Apparently there will be a new publication out this summer with as many as 80 brains cataloged.

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