Repeat Brain Injuries Linked To Development of Degenerative Brain Disease

Jan. 14, 2013

Recent studies have linked repeat traumatic brain injuries with the development of degenerative brain conditions. An article published by ABC News discussed what the findings may mean to football players from the big leagues down to recreational leagues.

A study by the National Institutes of Health that was released last week found that more than 90 percent of the 34 brains of former National Football League (NFL) players examined showed signs of the development of the degenerative condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is often the result of several back-to back Traumatic brain injuries, and the condition has been linked to violent mood swings, depression, and suicide.

Experts noted that reasons for the dramatic increase in head injuries include changes in playing styles of certain sports and stronger and faster athletes being on the field. Dr. Jaime Levine, the medical director of brain injury rehabilitation with the Rusk Institute in New York, noted that from 1979 to 2011, NFL centers went from an average of 6-foot-3-inches tall and 242 pounds to 6-foot-4-inches and 304 pounds. During the same period, guards were measured as growing on average from 6-foot-3-inches tall and 250 pounds to 6-foot-4-inches and weighing in at an average of 317 pounds.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton say it is important to seek medical treatment immediately if it is suspected that a person has sustained an Arkansas Brain Injury.

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