Today, Daniel Gallucci and I had a great discussion regarding the brain health of former NFL players, and athletes in general after years of heavy impact-sports-playing. Specifically, the remarks made in this article:
In the article, the author states a statistic that “87 out of 91 former NFL players have tested positive for the brain disease.” Most lay-people like myself may associate the words ” brain disease” with cancer, dementia or Alzheimer’s. But the author refers to a condition known as “chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE,” or the dramatic expression of Tau Proteins in the brain of middle-aged former athletes, as the disease that stat is based on.
Can you explain CTE to the viewers, and give us an idea of how much or how little physical impact is necessary to cause such a condition?
Tau proteins are proteins that stabilize microtubules. They are abundant in neurons of the central nervous system and are less common elsewhere, but are also expressed at very low levels in CNS astrocytes and oligodendrocytes.
The next point I would like you to help us make sense of is the mention that “it’s the repeat, more minor head trauma that occurs regularly in football that may pose the greatest risk to players, as opposed to just the sometimes violent collisions that cause concussions.” Please explain…
This article is all about concussions sustained by NFL players, but what other sports do you often intake clients out of?
We will show the trailer of the new Will Smith movie “Concussion” very quickly so the viewers can get a better idea of the story of Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who was the first to publish findings related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players:
This movie brings to light the fact that, from 2003 to 2009, the NFL’s Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee (now disbanded) “concluded in a series of scientific papers that “no NFL player” had experienced chronic brain damage from repeat concussions…”.
The NFL, and probably most impact-sports-org’s are still working hard to disprove people like Dr. Omalu. Do you presume this major motion picture staring such caliber of actors will create a lasting change in the rules of impact sports or care of athletes? Or do you think things will go unchanged?
Carrick Institute: www.carrickinstitute.com
EMPWR foundation: website coming soon
Frontline’s report on this coverup: