This summer the Radiological Society of North America published an article summarizing the findings from Research conducted at Stanford University on the effects of concussive and sub-concussive head injuries. There the Stanford researchers, headed by Michael Zeineh, MD, Ph.D. concluded that even for young football players who didn’t experience a concussion, football and other contact sports can cause brain abnormalities that mimic mild traumatic brain injuries and which can lead to the frightening degenerative decease call CTE. More information can be found here.
Recently, the athletic administration at Ohio University has published on its website an infographic that highlights the impact CTE has had on sports. Ohio University breaks down the number of cases of CTE per sport (76 Football players at the professional level, 47 amateur or professional boxers, two soccer players, and more). While the narrative surrounding concussions and CTE has been attached to the NFL, it is spreading to other sports, including soccer, which was once considered a safer alternative to football. The infographic also offers ways to make sports safer and the stories of many athletes diagnosed with CTE, including Pat Grange, the first soccer player diagnosed with CTE. Click here to read the full article. If you or a loved one has been affected by a brain injury, contact Stark & Stark today for a free consultation.