CTE brain injuries made real

 

There is a movement to build awareness about the real and severe damages from concussions in pro sports. The NY Times just published the faces of football heroes who died from CTE--repeated blows to the head--making it harder for us to ignore that we are killing our heroes for sport.  

The next step is to talk about the interventions, such as neurofeedback, that help the brain heal from concussions and other brain injuries.  It's not a forgone conclusion that the damage can't be repaired. That's the old understanding of the brain. We have a new understanding: neuroplasticity, and new interventions that train the brain to rewire around damaged areas. 

Let's encourage the NFL and school sports teams in progressive towns like the CUBuffs in Boulder, CO to put more resources into preventative interventions and brain training.

NY Times - Football players diagnosed with CTE:  Mike Webster (CENTER, PITTSBURGH STEELERS),  Junior Seau (LINEBACKER, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS), Ken Stabler (QUARTERBACK, OAKLAND RAIDERS), Dave Duerson (SAFETY, CHICAGO BEARS), Rank Gifford (RUNNING BACK, NEW YORK GIANTS),  Andre Waters (SAFETY, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES),  Chris Henry (RECEIVER, CINCINNATI BENGALS), Justin Strzelczyk, (TACKLE, PITTSBURGH STEELERS), Tom McHale (GUARD, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS), Ray Easterling (SAFETY, ATLANTA FALCONS), Ralph Wenzel (GUARD, PITTSBURGH STEELERS), Tyler Sash (SAFETY, NEW YORK GIANTS)  And … In a 2012 study, 85 people who had histories of repeated mild traumatic brain injury, showed 68, nearly all of whom played sports, showed evidence of C.T.E. Fifty were football players, including 33 who played in the N.F.L. Among them were Ollie Matson, Cookie Gilchrist and John Mackey.  

NY Times - Football players diagnosed with CTE: 

Mike Webster (CENTER, PITTSBURGH STEELERS),  Junior Seau (LINEBACKER, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS), Ken Stabler (QUARTERBACK, OAKLAND RAIDERS), Dave Duerson (SAFETY, CHICAGO BEARS), Rank Gifford (RUNNING BACK, NEW YORK GIANTS),  Andre Waters (SAFETY, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES),  Chris Henry (RECEIVER, CINCINNATI BENGALS), Justin Strzelczyk, (TACKLE, PITTSBURGH STEELERS), Tom McHale (GUARD, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS), Ray Easterling (SAFETY, ATLANTA FALCONS), Ralph Wenzel (GUARD, PITTSBURGH STEELERS), Tyler Sash (SAFETY, NEW YORK GIANTS) 

And …

In a 2012 study, 85 people who had histories of repeated mild traumatic brain injury, showed 68, nearly all of whom played sports, showed evidence of C.T.E. Fifty were football players, including 33 who played in the N.F.L. Among them were Ollie Matson, Cookie Gilchrist and John Mackey.