Football is back in season and the concussion/traumatic brain injury crisis still remains a growing concern for the NFL, its lawyers and players.
An article from the Globe and Mail reveals that according to an actuarial study, 1 in 4 football players will end up with some form of “brain problems” in their lifetime, which can include dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons or other cognitive impairments. The study used a database of retired football players. The report was released by the NFL’s lawyers, as part of their position on the potential dangers of football.
The report stated that 28% of the overall population and one third of the 5000 football players that are suing the NFL will be diagnosed with cognitive impairment during their lifetime. The chances of developing these problems were noted to be “materially higher than the general population”, and they would develop at a younger age than would be expected.