Three active National Football League players have agreed to donate their brains to science after they die as part of a study of the long-term effects of repeated concussions.

Matt Birk (Baltimore Ravens), Lofa Tatupu (Seattle Seahawks), and Sean Morey (Arizona Cardinals) are the first currently active NFL players to make this future commitment to Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.

More than 150 former athletes, including 40 retired NFL players, already have signed on to the Center’s brain donation registry.

“One of the most profound actions I can take personally is to donate my brain to help ensure the safety and welfare of active, retired, and future athletes for decades to come,” Morey said.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of head trauma. Symptoms of brain damage include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, paranoia, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and, eventually, progressive dementia.

In early 2009, the Center’s researchers revealed extensive brain damage in six deceased former pro football players. The study also found the initial stages of CTE in an 18-year-old athlete who had suffered multiple concussions.

Professional athletes aren’t the only ones that are at risk for a traumatic brain injury of course. This kind of head injury can be serious business for ordinary, day-to-day individuals in Virginia and throughout the country. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that about 5.3 million Americans. suffer from a traumatic brain injury–caused by a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. According to the CDC, most traumatic brain injuries are caused by slip-and-fall accidents or car crashes. The signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be subtle. Symptoms may not appear until days or weeks following the injury or may even be missed as people may look fine even though they may act or feel differently.

If you believe that you (or a love one) have sustained a traumatic brain injury, it is important to hire an experienced brain injury attorney. In Virginia, the brain injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. have a proven track record of success. Call 877-544-5323 for a free consultation.


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