Football Linked to Brain Disease
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 614 , Segment 3
Episode: Venezuela, Mercies in Disguise, Football and Brain Disease
- Aug 10, 2017 11:00 pm
- 15:04 mins
Guest: Michael Alosco, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychology Fellow, Boston University Back-to-school also means back to the gridiron. Football players from high school to the pros are suiting up to make the hard tackles that thrill fans. But, mounting evidence points to a risk of long-term brain damage football athletes might be sustaining as they slam into each other. The NFL has agreed to a one billion dollar settlement for retired players diagnosed with brain injuries. At least 18,000 former players are part of that settlement. In recent weeks, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine published the largest study, to-date, showing a degenerative brain disease called CTE in former football players of all levels.