News about concussions and other injuries to young football players appears with alarming frequency, as do reports of the long-term damage to NFL players.
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How much should parents worry about their sons playing football?
“I had a colleague who was talking about this with her son who wanted to play football. She had him shake an egg hard for a few seconds, and then they cracked it open to find the yolk broken. He decided not to play after that,” said Julie Stamm, a neuroscientist at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Stamm has spent years studying the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a disease caused by repeated head injuries.
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C.T.E., or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, is a neurodegenerative brain disease that occurs as a result of having multiple minor traumatic brain injuries. Forbes reported that for the first time in 30 years, high school sports participation is down. The reason? Parents fear concussions, especially at such a young age.
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“Daddy, is your brain getting better?” It’s a question T.J. Abraham – now 42 years old, and formerly a collegiate football player at Duquesne – has trouble answering. Not because he doesn’t know the answer, but because the truth is a bit tough to confront, especially when his own daughter is the one inquiring.
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