Traumatic Brain Injury Research Will Require Many Millions from the NFL

loss of consciousness, traumatic brain injury and dementia.

The league’s donation to the BU School of Medicine’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy is the equivalent of one game pay to one of the high-priced quarterbacks I have seen taken out of the game due to a head injury, vicious hit or skull rattling tackle. Hitting a quarterback from “the blind side,” sacking and piling on 300 pound bodies on top of the vulnerable player is a recipe for disaster. The ranks of retired professional American football players who suffer from permanent brain injury and cognitive deficits is growing and needs intensive study, prevention and treatment. The NFL’s token gift to Boston University is merely a drop in the bucket. A flood of brain damaged retirees will soon make up a large portion of the NFL’s players’ union. What the league, players and union do to prevent this unnecessary carnage will serve as a guide for other, less violent sports (hockey, baseball, lacrosse, etc.) where constant full body contact cause frequent injuries, breakdown and impaired brain function.

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