Nick Lowery says the movie Concussion accurately portrays brain injuries and the toll they take on players in the National Football League.The former All-Pro kicker watched numerous friends and teammates debilitated by concussions, including friend Mike Webster, who was found to have Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and died at age 50.
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New research on 12 high school football players tracked for a season found that repeat head impacts affected the boys’ vision — even if those hits didn’t result in concussion.
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The latest Wake Forest School of Medicine study on youth football and brain impact has determined that repetitive blows to the head can result in changes even after just one season.
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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive chronic disease in the brain that is found in people with a history of continual brain trauma, is often found in athletes. CTE has been a well covered and controversial issue at the professional football level, but has attracted less media coverage in other contact sports despite frequent cases. CTE is not an issue to take lightly, since it is a damaging brain injury that can take an athlete’s independence, personality and life away.
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