According to the New York Times, a National Football League-commissioned study appears to confirm that dementia is more prevalent among its former players, many of whom suffer on-field brain injuries, than in the general population.

These findings apparently serve as the NFL’s first public acknowledgement of any connection to cognitive decline among its roster of retired athletes. The Times story asserts that…

The findings could ring loud at the youth and college levels, which often take cues from the NFL on safety policies and whose players emulate the pros. Hundreds of on-field concussions are sustained at every level each week, with many going undiagnosed and untreated.

The report itself apparently has yet to be publicly released on the Internet, however.

The study conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research suggested that former players between 30 and 49 are almost 20 times more likely to develop memory-related diseases, including Alzheimer’s. And retired players ages 50 or older appear to suffer these diseases at five times the national average.

However, this was not a formal, clinical study so the findings may not be conclusive. Data was gathered from phone interviews with about one thousand retired players about their health issues. The NFL is conducting its own rigorous, neurological study on 120 retired players, with results expected within a few years. An NFL spokesman quoted in the article said that the study did not formally diagnose dementia and that it was subject to the general shortcomings of telephone surveys.

And while the University of Michigan results have yet to be peer-reviewed, the findings do track other independent research, such as work done by Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, regarding N.F.L. players and traumatic brain injury. To further the research, three active National Football League players have agreed to donate their brains to the Center after they die as part of a study of the long-term effects of repeated concussions.

For ordinary people outside of the world of competitive sports, traumatic brain injuries are often sustained in auto crashes, slip-and-fall accidents, or any jolt or shock to the head, neck, or brain. Victims may require life-long care which often places a financial burden upon the injured party along with family members and loved ones.

As a result of the potentially devastating nature of head trauma, representation by the best possible attorney is crucial for a fair recovery. The Virginia brain injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. have the experience needed, and the requisite contacts with the best doctors in the area, to ensure you and your loved ones have the best representation possible. Call Toll Free 877-544–5323 for a no-obligation consultation.


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