A study commissioned by the National Football League reports that Alzheimer's disease or similar memory-related diseases appear to have been diagnosed in the league's former players vastly more often than in the national population — including a rate of 19 times the normal rate for men ages 30 through 49.
So yes, the NFL has finally admitted what the rest of the medical universe has known for dead sure since the invention of the MRI scanner: being hit on the head a lot while playing football can give you brain damage. Otherwise known as diffuse brain injury. Otherwise known as what happens to boxers most of the time. They even have a name for it in the boxing world, its called being "punch drunk". Its why you don't see very many jocks living to ripe old ages. Duh.
Also happens when you head the soccer ball for 20 years, so don't be getting too cocky all you soccer geeks. Oh, and hockey too. Life is dangerous, and will eventually kill you no matter what. So get out the cotton batting and wrap yourself up before its too late!
Next up, the medical community will propose a blanket ban on public, high school and university football and some DemocRat will take up the torch. And somebody will sue the NFL.
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Now, interestingly rugby players and Ozzy rules football players have markedly lower rates of diffuse brain injury. Its because they don't wear pads and helmets. Helmets actually cause this type of injury, believe it or not. Also major spinal cord injuries to the neck and upper back as well. Funny, eh?
That's something else that has been known for a loooong time that the NFL won't admit. Because they are money grubbing weasels who don't care a damn about sport, their players or anything else, is why. Same as the Olympics really.
Shut off your TV. That is what will finally fix it. Nothing else will.