As the NFL begins its new season, many athletes and spectators wonder how much damage the sport is doing to its players. A class action lawsuit and athlete suicides, along with several studies, suggest a link between football injuries and long-term psychological effects, including depression, suicide and Alzheimer’s disease.
To address these concerns, the NFL made what it calls its largest donation in history – $30 million – to fund brain injury research at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. 27 institutes and centers make up the NIH.
“We are really excited about this partnership,” said Story C. Landis of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in an interview with the Washington Times. “I think their engagement and the potential future engagement of other sports organizations has the potential to produce great progress in our understanding of brain injuries in sports and outside of sports as well.”
Landis said the first priority is study mild traumatic brain injuries as they relate to athletes and soldiers.
According to Edgeworth Economics, NFL players suffered a total of 266 concussions during their last season and 270 concussions the prior season.
We agree with the lawyers and players’ unions who say that this is a great start to addressing a serious concern. If you know someone who experienced a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, we invite you to take advantage of our free consultations to go over your case. Call today: (866) 377-3800.
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