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Study finds over 40 percent of NFL players have brain damage

Some people in Florida may be aware that concussions and brain injuries suffered by players in the National Football League have been under scrutiny recently. A recent study found that over 40 percent of the former players that were checked had more brain damage than other healthy males of a similar age. Over half also had completing goals, and over 40 percent also had memory or attention problems.

People who play football are put at more risk to suffer traumatic brain injuries, which over time can cause more significant problems such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Another issue is that this brain damage can occur even if the player was not diagnosed with a concussion. The repeated lighter hits can cumulate over time and cause bigger problems later on.

While the NFL is receiving a lot of attention for brain injuries sustained while playing football, many people know the problems associated with these injuries. In fact, people do not need to play football in order to suffer a traumatic brain injury. People can suffer these injuries in many different circumstances such as car accidents, slip and fall accidents and many other situations. People who suffer from them can also go through similar experiences as NFL players who suffer them, including the long-term problems.

These long-term problems can be very costly for the victim. They can completely change people's lives and prohibit them from working or doing the things they were used to doing. They can also incur large medical bills while they rehabilitate from the injury. Victims may be able to pursue compensation for the damages they suffer, especially if another person is responsible for causing the injury.

Source: U.S. News and World Report, "Study suggests brain damage in 40 percent of ex-NFL players" Steven Reinberg, April 11, 2016

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