At least 1.7 million TBIs occur either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries.
MIAMI, FL, November 04, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The book League of Denial reports on the NFL's struggle with the disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which is said to account for the strange, dementia-like behavior of former professional football players, many of whom have taken their own lives as side effects of the disease worsen.
National Public Radio reports
that former players "are dying in very macabre ways," like drinking antifreeze.
But the NFL has downplayed the role of concussions in causing CTE, or even that football players get concussed during play. "Professional football players do not sustain frequent repetitive blows to the brain on a regular basis," according to the NFL as published in a "scientific" paper.
It's clear, though, that the NFL is concerned about the possibility of CTE and its effects on the league. According to NPR, when CTE began surfacing as a possible cause of former NFL players' struggles - not seeing straight, "waking up" at dinner long after a game was over, and forgetfulness, among others, all of which might indicate traumatic brain injury
- the NFL created its own group of scientists to study CTE and publish its findings.
Bias can work its way into just about anything, including groups formed to conduct scientific observations. Science, the rigorous process in which you draw evidence-based conclusions, can still become a fruitless exercise when it comes to who's funding it.
Unsurprisingly, the NFL's scientific studies, published in the journal Neurosurgery over a period of years, "minimized the dangers of concussions," according to the authors of League of Denial.
According to NPR:
"Over the last decade, the NFL has repeatedly avoided tying football to brain damage, even as it has given disability payments to former players with dementia-related conditions."
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
CTE may be a specific disease primarily associated with professional football and other contact sports, but traumatic brain damage isn't limited to sports injuries.
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, according to Wikipedia, is "a major cause of death and disability worldwide" and is caused by falls, motor vehicle accidents, and violence. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): "At least 1.7 million TBIs occur either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries." The CDC has a separate page on concussion in sports
, on which it says that a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury.
Clearly, brain injuries aren't just the NFL's problem, but if a concussion is one type of TBI, it's downright irresponsible to "minimize the dangers," as NPR reports. But, on the other hand, it makes sense. Just as insurance companies seek to protect the bottom line in auto accident cases involving traumatic brain injury, so does the NFL have an interest in protecting its billion-dollar empire.About the Miami Law Firm of Ferrer Shane, PL
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