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So Many Former NFL Players Unable to Live a Productive, Healthy Life

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

So Many Former NFL Players Unable to Live a Productive, Healthy Life

Dave Duerson, Mike “Iron Mike” Webster, Ray Easterling, Terry Beasley, Troy Aikman, Merrill Hodge, Ken Stabler, Tyler Sash, Frank Gifford, Chris Henry, Justin Strzelczyk, Bubba Smith, Justin Strzelczyk, Kevin Turner, Andre Waters and Ralph Wenzel – are just a few of those in the list of former and deceased NFL players confirmed with CTE.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain that can cause depression, aggression and loss of memory and motor skills. It is usually found in those with a history of repetitive brain trauma, in military veterans and in athletes, especially boxers. CTE requires proof of degeneration of brain tissue and deposits of tau proteins and other proteins in the brain; thus, it can only be seen or detected through study of the brain after death or through autopsy.

Mike Webster who, after retirement, suffered from dementia, amnesia, depression, and acute bone and muscle pain, was the first ex-NFL player diagnosed with CTE. Though NFL players are warned of the risks of musculoskeletal disorders/injuries (or MSDs, such as injuries to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels), they are never told of head or brain injuries and the effects these will create long after they retire. Thus, for so long, the NFL denied any possible link between football and brain injuries or CTE. It was only in 2014 when it reversed course and after settling a lawsuit in 2013 filed by around 4,500 former NFL players.

While it may be true that any type of sports comes with risk of injury. Injury, however, is always highest and most harmful in football, this being a high-impact sport, where very strong and heavy players run into each other at full speed. At the end of each game, game recaps would always include casualties and injuries, like contusions, musculoskeletal injuries and concussions. The sad thing is, the more violent it is, the more fans, owners and camera crew get awestruck since they do not fully understand how these violent collisions can result to chronic brain damage and/or irrecoverable body impairment.

Football is and will remain to be a dangerous and violent game. According to the Mokaram Law Firm, “In the opinion of an increasing number of scientists, NFL players are paying the cost of such entertainment with their health and long-term well-being. Once their playing careers have ended, many NFL players find that the physical toll that playing professional football has taken on their bodies makes them unable to live a productive, healthy life. Some of these injuries include physical pain from broken bones and joint injuries, but increasing evidence shows that many professional athletes also have suffered degenerative brain disease from repeated concussions as a result of playing in the league.”

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