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Football Concussions Remain a Dire Problem

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Referee John Hussey checks on Texans quarterback Tom Savage following a hard hit during the 2nd quarter against the 49ers on Dec. 10, 2017. Photo: Kevin M. Cox / AP

By Evan Weiner |

The concussion issue seemingly has been on the back burner during the 2018 football season. Not much has been said although the Merril Hoge book co-written with noted “concussions are bad for you” denier Dr. Peter Cummings, Brainwashed The Bad Science Behind CTE and The Plot To Destroy Football, came out and has been mostly ignored.

But the National Collegiate Athletic Association is not ignoring CTE. Neither is the United States Department of Defense, who is sending millions of dollars of funding to the NCAA to expand college and university research studying the movements of about 40,000 college students at both military and nonmilitary schools.

The DOD and the NCAA want to know more about the long term impact of repeated blows to the head during sports activities. Those chosen for the research will be monitored for four years after they played their last college game and the study is not limited to football players. Researchers will include people working at the Indiana University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan and the Medicine College of the University of Wisconsin along with Uniformed Series University of the Health Services.

“We have gathered important information about the short-term effects of concussions over the past few years, but there is still a lot we do not understand about how our brains respond to different types of impact over time,” said Thomas McAllister, who is running the study. “By comparing these groups across multiple years, we think we can parse out the effects of concussions, versus repetitive head impacts, versus normal life at university. This is critical for us to make informed decisions that protect our athletes, members of the military and other members of our communities.”

The NFL’s hierarchy has been playing down the impact of CTE on player’s lives. The Department Of Defense may give them an answer.

This article was republished with permission from the original publisher, Evan Weiner.

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