Posted by: Jeremy | September 30, 2009

Shocking report indicates NFL players more likely to suffer brain injuries than general population


Willis McGahee had his bell seriously rung against the Steelers in January

Willis McGahee had his bell seriously rung against the Steelers in January

Wow, I was caught completely off guard by this development: Accoring to a New York Times report, NFL players are more likely to suffer dementia-related illnesses later on in life. So you’re telling me all that head-cracking has an effect on the brain?

Actually, that’s the least surpsrising thing I’v heard in a long time, since it seems every other day you hear a story of a former football player suffering from brain damage, if they’re not dead already, that is. However, the New York Times study comes with some actual statistics: A survey of retired players aged 50 or older reported that 6.1 percent received some sort of dementia diagnosis, up from 1.2 percent in the general population. Players aged 30-49 reported a rate of 1.9 percent, up from the general rate of 0.1 percent.

I’m not sure if these results will lead to any changes, since turning football into a non-contact sport would more than likely disentigrate its fan base. Any diehard flag football fans out there?

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