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Degenerative Disease Linked to Repeated Blows to the Head

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Just out today is a fascinating article about the much denied yet obvious link between the degenerative disease C.T.E. (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) and repeated blows to the head. Yet our society continues to applaud the sport, signing up our children as young as six to begin the tradition.

Mind-blowing. These are EDUCATED people who LOVE their children.  But there is nothing that compares to the puffed up pride of a new father holding a bouncing baby boy when told he will one day be a line-backer!

According to The New York Times article “101 N.F.L. Brains

Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players. A broad survey of her findings was published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Of the 202 players, 111 of them played in the N.F.L. — and 110 of those were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head.

C.T.E. causes myriad symptoms, including memory loss, confusion, depression and dementia. The problems can arise years after the blows to the head have stopped.

It is a sad state, when these links are denied … when players and coaches are paid MILLIONS for inflicting staggering known harm to themselves and others. And when we as a society support it with our money, our time, and our children.

Source: The New York Times

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