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August 16th

Will New CTE Findings Doom the NFL Concussion Settlement?

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Sports Illustrated – A study recently published in the Journal of American Medicine details disturbing results from neurological analyses of 202 deceased football players’ brains. […]

The study detected CTE [chronic traumatic encephalopathy] at distressingly prevalent levels. Of the 202 brains analyzed, 177 (88%) showed CTE. Of particular concern, 48 of the 53 college players’ brains (91%) and 110 of the 111 (99%) NFL players’ brains exhibited CTE.

Such numbers add to the mounting evidence of the long-term danger of playing football, intensifying the questions surrounding the game and its future: Is football in danger? Can it ever be made sufficiently safe? Will young people begin turning away?

A more immediate question is: What might this study mean for the durability of the NFL concussion settlement, the 2015 agreement between the league and former players intended to cover the costs of treating football-related ailments? The answer to that is not so clear, especially given recent remarks by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Read more at Sports Illustrated.

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