Study Reinforces Link Between Head Trauma, Brain Damage

BOSTON — An extensive Boston University study of head trauma found strong evidence that repeated blows to the head can lead to long-term brain damage.

The study, conducted by the BU Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, looked at the brains of 85 football players, boxers and military veterans. Sixty-eight of the subjects — or 80 percent — showed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is a degenerative brain disorder linked to memory loss, depression and dementia.

Dr. Robert Cantu co-authored the study, one of the most far-reaching on the matter ever conducted.

“Sixty-eight cases more than doubles all the other cases in the world’s literature to date,” Cantu said. “So the sheer volume of it should put to rest any doubt about the entity.”

The report, published Monday in the journal Brain, comes amid mounting concern over the long-term risk of contact sports such as football and hockey — especially for children.

Thousands of former NFL players and their families have sued the league, saying it covered up evidence linking football injuries to long-term brain damage.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/DrCintli Roberto Rodriguez

    This is a no-brainer… pun intended.

  • http://www.facebook.com/douglas.tague Douglas Tague

    Who’da thunk it. get hit hard in the head and suffer damage. Brilliant!!

  • vito33

    Why is youth boxing still legal in this country? Parents who allow their kids to participate in one of these programs should be prosecuted for child abuse.

  • yrick

    The mind is protected by the thick skulls who have no interest in you. protect your own tissue choose your activities well, and for those who have had head.injuries from accidents this is truely hard and only hard studying can help the regeneration and yes this is a.painful therapy.extraordinarily strenuous but absolutely positiveto regenerative healing.

  • squirejames

    Perhaps major universities should spend their time and tax dollars on something a little less… obvious? If they had a point they wanted to make, they could have simply stated it ahead of time and saved us a lot of time and money!

    Not everything needs to have a rigorous scientific process applied to it before being accepted as truth.

    • kirknall

      Apparently you’ve never encountered a creationist

      • squirejames

        Does not invalidate my statement. I’m sure creationists of all people accept certain things as truth without scientific rigor! At any rate, I don’t think the “return on investment” of that study is very favorable. Researching foregone conclusions is even more useless than sending so-called journalists to warp the facts into some predetermined conclusion.

  • mjw

    There is a need for such studies because there are several recreational activities and professions, that consist of repeated blows to the head, e.g., football, soccer, hockey. In many cases, the blows are considered by coaches, players, and fans alike as the ‘best’ parts of the game and the best players are considered those who deliver and withstand the most violent blows. Entire shows are built around this: there are “Hits of the Week” shows and websites in college and professional football, as well as in hockey. “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” You could paraphrase this for some sports fans: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his enjoyment depends upon his not understanding it!”

    So, the science is necessary for change and safety to happen.

    • CircusMcGurkus

      Actually, the “science” is not what is needed. Common sense is as all of the other comments have suggested. This is akin to the federally funded grant to a major MA hospital in order for doctors to prescribe vacuum cleaners to parents of asthma patients. The “science” demonstrated that less dust was helpful in treating asthma. Astounding.

      These are useless studies that normal people with average intelligence can intuit. Limited dollars for scientific research should really go toward the betterment of humanity.

    • squirejames

      Such studies are unnecessary and insufficient to address the problem, so I question their viability.

  • Marian Humin

    An extensive study was needed to prove this? Ridiculous!!!!

  • Jalex Aones

    Yay, another study making its way into our lives with junk science intended to remove all the “violent” sports that liberals dont like. They been banging away hard trying to get rid of football for years now, now all we hear about is “Brain trauma” lol WAKE UP SHEEPLE, they are coming for your games now!

    • squirejames

      If they’re trying to remove what’s left of public gladiatorial games from our lives, it is an exercise in futility. Even if they succeed in eliminating one of them, undoubtedly another one will come along that is at least as bad!

  • 57nomad

    I want a couple of million dollars for my “life has long term negative health implications” study. Just yesterday there was a heavily publicized report on the long term negative effects of sitting down, now this about the head trauma.

    No sitting, no contact sports; chess is right out! So is jousting. That leaves my question still to be resolved because I have noticed that the longer people are alive, the closer they get to dying, ominous implications here. I need money for this important research and I need it now because there are a lot of people, if my theory is correct, who are in, or may be in, mortal danger.

    Here it is in a nutshell. At first, right after we are born, things are usually ok, and get better for about 18 years. But after that, you’ve got to watch out. By 35, if my preliminary observations are correct, it may well be to late to take effective action.

    A couple of million to set things up, and then a million or so over the next 25 years (adjusted for inflation) should do it. All I need to know is where the guys who got the money for the “too much sitting down is bad for you,” and the “repeated head blows may cause brain damage” got the money. I am relying of concerned commenters to give me a hand here.

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