In recent years, the National Football League has come under a controversial firestorm regarding the safety of the game. Many have been led to believe the constant hits over a regular professional career have led to the disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE. But according to a recent study by the Department of Veterans Affairs, this can very well be the case. Partnered with Boston University, the two entities discovered that 87 out of 91 deceased players had the presence of CTE in their brains.
But the data did not stop at just NFL players. Researchers looked at a total of 165 indiviudals who played football at the professional, semi-professional, college and high school levels; out of that sample, roughly 131 players had CTE in their brain tissue. That is alarming when considering that high school sports have been increasing for years.
One of the hang ups about the testing is that CTE is only defined posthumously but brain scans search for signs of the disease while subjects are living. Thus, many players request that their brains be donated to science for CTE research. Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the research facility, says that this is an issue not to be taken lightly.
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137 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
4 How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?
59 Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.
60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.