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Posted 26 September 2017 - 02:20 PM

View PostProgressive whisperer, on 28 July 2017 - 12:26 PM, said:

Like Dump supporters, no amount of bad press will turn away the hardcore NFL fans (many of the same people).

A friend of mine posted a link to a site he "liked" called 1,000,000 Americans Boycotting the NFL. As of 1518, they had 78 members. Gonna be a long trip.

BTW: How many real Americans are giving up their fantasy league ?
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Posted 18 October 2017 - 07:38 AM

It appears that ages 10-12 may be a critical development band when avoiding the constant brain bouncing delivered by football is critical.

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A new medical study has found that children who play football before age 12 suffer mood and behavior problems later in life at rates significantly higher than those who take up the sport later.

The study, published Tuesday in the medical journal Translational Psychiatry, showed those who participated in football before age 12 were twice as likely to have problems with behavior regulation, apathy and executive functioning — including initiating activities, problem solving, planning and organizing — when they get older. The younger football players were three times more likely as those who took up the sport after age 12 to experience symptoms of depression.

“Between the ages of 10 and 12, there is this period of incredible development of the brain,” said Robert Stern, director of clinical research at Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center, who co-authored the study. “Perhaps that is a window of vulnerability. . . . It makes sense that children whose brains are rapidly developing should not be hitting their heads over and over again.”

Stern said the results were not tied to the total number of years the subjects participated in football or the highest level at which they competed. Perhaps most important, the findings also were not affected by the number of concussions the former players reported, he said, meaning the dangers posed by football can’t be boiled down simply to big hits to the head. Researchers are increasingly focusing on the effects associated with the accumulation of smaller hits that a player might more easily shake off during a game or practice.

“Concussions are a big deal when it comes to short-term problems, and it has to be dealt with,” Stern said. “But the dialogue out there needs to now start focusing on these repetitive hits that are part of the game and their potential for long-term problems.”

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 09:36 PM

The late Aaron Hernandez apparently had the worst case of CTE ever seen in an individual under the age of 40.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:31 PM

The NFL continues to prove that everything they do is about money. F*** the players.

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The families of debilitated former N.F.L. players say the league is obstructing their access to an estimated $1 billion settlement over concussions by reflexively rejecting valid claims and bogging down the process with unreasonable demands.

After a contentious five-year fight between the league and many former players who had accused the N.F.L. of hiding the dangers of head trauma, the two sides agreed in 2015 to a settlement that covers nearly every former player for the next 65 years.

Now the families and their lawyers describe a succession of roadblocks as they try to claim payouts, from as little as a few thousand dollars to potentially several million dollars, to help thousands of retired players left mentally infirm, in some cases severely, from years of hits and tackles on the league’s fields.

Of 1,400 claims filed so far, 140 have been approved, which legal experts say is startlingly low. The remaining 90 percent of those claims are in the process of being evaluated or have been sent back to the players and their lawyers to amend before they can be approved.

The 140 approved claims are worth $195 million, but the N.F.L. has written checks for only $100 million. The remainder is expected to be released after appeals are exhausted. The league has appealed eight awards that the administrator granted, and 12 players have appealed their awards, calling them too low. The administrator also randomly audits 10 percent of all claims.

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 02:13 PM

They've confirmed the first detection of CTE in a living human.

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Researchers published, what they say is the first case of a living person identified with the degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

While unnamed in the study, lead author Dr. Bennet Omalu confirmed to CNN that the subject of the case was former NFL player, Fred McNeill -- who died in 2015.

Omalu is credited with first discovering CTE in professional football players. The only way to definitively diagnose the disease is with a brain exam after death.

The discovery was first made in 2012 using an experimental brain scan that can trace a signature protein of CTE called tau. The case study was published in the journal Neurosurgery this week.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 01:51 PM

Boston University researchers have found more evidence that repetitive jarring of the head rather than just concussions is related to CTE.

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A Boston University study published Thursday detailed the strongest link yet that repetitive hits to the head -- not just those that produce a concussion -- can lead to the debilitating brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The new research highlights the risks of younger athletes playing contact sports and could lead to questions about the effectiveness of current concussion protocols.

The study, published in the journal Brain, used two methods to come up with its findings: A postmortem examination of four teenaged brains and a study of mice that showed instant changes to the brain after trauma -- even without telltale concussion symptoms .

“There are going to be policy implications to this,” Lee E. Goldstein, a co-author of the study, physician and associate professor at Boston University School of Medicine and College of Engineering, told USA TODAY Sports. “This is concerning, particularly for kids who are not old enough to make other decisions legally on their own -- like to smoke, drink or drive a car. Just like we don’t allow kids to do those activities, I think we have a moral obligation to protect them from harm.”

The study was led by Boston University and included scientists from other institutions, including the Cleveland Clinic, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and VA Boston Healthcare System. It provided insight into why about 20% of the brains found to have CTE came from those who had never reported a concussion.

Moreover, Goldstein said the protocols used from the NFL through youth sports are flawed. He cited the effectiveness of how suspected concussions are handled initially by medical professionals and when an individual is cleared to resume activities. Goldstein noted that the problem goes beyond athletics and could affect how other vulnerable populations -- from domestic abuse victims to members of the military -- are treated.

“We know now there is no question that some of these kids, some of these adults, who are playing through hits are actually in really bad shape,” Goldstein said.

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 01:18 PM

Looks like the NFL can foot drag with the best of 'em.

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Only 156 former National Football League players who’ve submitted medical claims under a settlement agreement in their January 2017 class-action lawsuit on concussions have been paid, Deadspin reports. The league estimated that 665 would be paid at this point. In a court filing, an ex-players group says that only six of 1,113 dementia claims have been paid out, with conditions like Alzheimer’s and ALS getting higher payout rates. “The NFL seeks to rig the settlement system. This is part of the League’s DNA,” attorney Gene Locks wrote in a motion filed on behalf of 1,100 players in the case. With a total of 1,712 claims waiting for review, the court filing outlines a “system with the odds deeply stacked against former players.” The NFL has denied 20 percent of all claims, and asked about half to be audited, according to the documents. The appeals advisory panel is “too small and underpaid to review claims efficiently,” and some claims are sent into a “black hole” when they’re audited, according to the motion.

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 08:15 AM

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Update on Dear Son: Although his buddies INSIST he would be a great addition to the Middle School football team (he wowed the gang in flag football during PE class), he will be starting workouts with the Cross Country team at 0700 Monday. Fingers crossed...

Further update on Dear Son: XC was a bust — injured early on, and found the enterprise of running for its own sake...just boring. Moreover, the Varsity FB Coach was supervising the PE classes during the flag football unit a few weeks back...

You see where this is going. He caught the coach’s eye.

If Dear Son’s school had a JV, I’d hold the line another year. Alas, it’s Varsity and Middle School. We figured it’s the lesser of the two evils to try it out this year, while he’s one of the bigger kids on the team, versus waiting until next year, when he’s a HS freshman. Although the school has a couple of football signees every year (notably our QB heading to West Point), the scholarships tend to be to D-II or D-III schools — not exactly the stuff of a “football factory.”

Concerned, hell yeah, but not quite as much as I was 2 years ago—he’s crossed the threshold into Teenagerdom.
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Posted 28 August 2018 - 08:28 AM

View PostBact PhD, on 08 June 2018 - 08:15 AM, said:

Further update on Dear Son: XC was a bust — injured early on, and found the enterprise of running for its own sake...just boring. Moreover, the Varsity FB Coach was supervising the PE classes during the flag football unit a few weeks back...

You see where this is going. He caught the coach’s eye.

If Dear Son’s school had a JV, I’d hold the line another year. Alas, it’s Varsity and Middle School. We figured it’s the lesser of the two evils to try it out this year, while he’s one of the bigger kids on the team, versus waiting until next year, when he’s a HS freshman. Although the school has a couple of football signees every year (notably our QB heading to West Point), the scholarships tend to be to D-II or D-III schools — not exactly the stuff of a “football factory.”

Concerned, hell yeah, but not quite as much as I was 2 years ago—he’s crossed the threshold into Teenagerdom.
Welp, that experiment lasted all of a summer. He came to the realization he really isn't cut out for football. Sometimes, ya gotta experience something for yourself.

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 09:16 AM

View PostBact PhD, on 28 August 2018 - 08:28 AM, said:

Welp, that experiment lasted all of a summer. He came to the realization he really isn't cut out for football. Sometimes, ya gotta experience something for yourself.

You may notice I'm not complaining...

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Posted 01 August 2019 - 05:54 PM

Sticking this link here too —I didn’t realize the recently deceased Nick Buoniconti, in addition to co-founding the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, also was a generous donor to CTE research, including his brain after his death:

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For years, doctors told him he had dementia. But the visit to Boston University confirmed the great likelihood of CTE.
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He spoke publicly and openly about his diagnosis along with Lynn, both of whom believed the consistent brain injuries ultimately led to his condition. The family created the Nick & Lynn Buoniconti CTE Research Fund through the Boston Medical Center to advance this field of research. According to Buoniconti’s own wishes before his death, the Boston University CTE Research Center will be studying his brain.

“Multiple people mentioned to me when Nick went public with his diagnosis, they said, ‘I didn’t necessarily buy into it until it happened to Nick,’ ” said Dr. Chris Nowinski, Concussion Legacy Foundation co-founder and CEO.

Read more here: https://www.miamiher...l#storylink=cpy
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Posted 21 October 2019 - 02:23 PM

Gee...big surprise...

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Pro Soccer Players More Likely to Develop Dementia: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Former professional soccer players have a significantly increased risk of death from brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, a new study finds.

Former soccer players were about 3.5 times more likely to die of neurodegenerative diseases than people in the general population, according to a study in Scotland.

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Prior studies of contact sports athletes, particularly National Football League (NFL) players in the United States, have tied repeated head blows to another degenerative brain disorder called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 03:22 AM

View PostRue Bella, on 21 October 2019 - 02:23 PM, said:


Hm. Just heading the ball? Perhaps a (slightly) smaller surprise when we've taken note of boxing concussions, then gridiron and rugger. In th first the issue is burning, in the second it's live and getting more so.
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Posted 22 October 2019 - 08:38 AM

View PostRue Bella, on 21 October 2019 - 02:23 PM, said:

Gee...big surprise...

I know. It's "almost" like humans aren't prepared to take repeated strikes to the head for years on end. Who'd a thunk it?
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Posted 22 October 2019 - 10:22 AM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 22 October 2019 - 03:22 AM, said:

Hm. Just heading the ball? Perhaps a (slightly) smaller surprise when we've taken note of boxing concussions, then gridiron and rugger. In th first the issue is burning, in the second it's live and getting more so.
I'm going to guess that it's the collisions with multiple players competing to head an incoming ball where the head injuries occur. Look, it took decades for professional hockey to come around to requiring helmets, but they finally did. Let companies like Nike design some helmet that lessens injuries, and they have serious financial clout to get sporting leagues to consider it best for the health of the sport.
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Posted 22 October 2019 - 11:24 AM

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It's not just heading the ball once they reached professional levels that likely caused the problems, but the years of practice before that. Almost any athlete who gets good enough to become a professional in their sport has been working on his/her skills continuously since childhood. For example, if you start playing for fun at 7 and become a pro at 22, that's 15 years of non-stop practice before your career begins.
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Posted 22 October 2019 - 12:54 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 22 October 2019 - 10:22 AM, said:

I'm going to guess that it's the collisions with multiple players competing to head an incoming ball where the head injuries occur.

Indications are that it's heading of the ball, not the collisions. I'm sure there's further work to be done, though.

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For soccer players, regularly “heading” the ball may have a bigger effect on everyday cognitive functioning than occasional accidental head impacts, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers examined more than 300 adult amateur soccer players in New York City and found the ones who headed the ball most often during practice and games had poorer performance on tests of psychomotor speed, attention and memory.

Accidental head knocks were not related to cognitive test performance, the team reports in Frontiers in Neurology.

“The focus in terms of head injury in sports has really been on concussions and recognized symptomatic impacts to the head, typically due to players colliding with each other or falling down,” said lead author Dr. Michael Lipton of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of New York City.

“And it’s probably misguided to be so tunnel-vision focused on concussion as the problem,” Lipton said in a telephone interview.

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 02:13 PM

This is sad.

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A Minnesota judge has ordered that Mark Pavelich, a member of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. 1980 Olympic hockey team, should be committed because he's mentally ill and dangerous. Pavelich, 61, was charged with felony assault in August for allegedly beating a friend with a metal pole after he accused the friend of spiking his beer. A judge found Pavelich incompetent to stand trial, and the criminal case was put on hold while the state sought to have Pavelich committed. According to Judge Michael Cuzzo’s order, one psychologist found Pavelich had delusions and paranoia, including a delusion that friends and family were trying to poison him. Another psychologist found he suffered from a mild neurocognitive disorder due to traumatic brain injury, likely related to repeated head injuries. Pavelich’s family have said they believe he suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disorder after repeated concussions from his time in the NHL. They said they started seeing changes in him a years ago, but he was unable to get any help. Pavelich had two assists in the critical game in which the U.S. beat the loaded Soviet team 4-3.

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