San Diego sports fans know that sometimes intensity during a game can lead to an injury for one of the players. From junior football leagues to afterschool hockey games all the way up to college and professional sports, a close game can be exciting and fun to watch as players work hard to win. For players, cheering fan, excited commentators, and praise from the media are a big part of the reward for doing well.
We have been covering brain injuries in football a lot recently as the problem of player safety and the hope of possible treatments have been in the news. Football's big day is coming up this weekend, and in addition to the usual speculation on which team will win and what the ads will be like this year, many are also turning their attention to the issue of brain injuries.
A study conducted using research from the University of California Los Angeles made a breakthrough in diagnosing a specific type of brain injury, according to recent reports. Experts at the neuroscience and human behavior institute there were able to successfully diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in living patients for the first time. The results are limited to only give research subjects, but one of the co-authors described the finding as the "holy grail" of research in this area.
For some time, doctors and researchers in California and around the country have suspected that there exists a link between multiple head injuries, caused by contact sports, military service or other activities, and lasting, life-changing brain damage. Now, a new study appears to confirm those suspicions.
Last week, Junior Seau, a long-time member of the San Diego Chargers professional football team, committed suicide in his Oceanside home. Now, many are wondering whether Seau's death was the direct result of the concussions and other brain injuries that he likely suffered during his long football career.
Although medical researchers have made many advances in brain injury testing and treatment in recent years, there is still a great deal that is not known about the brain and how it is affected by trauma. For many patients, doctors are unable to determine whether a brain injury will cause lasting harm, leaving few options other than 'wait and see.'
A new study has found that a series of smaller, less notable hits on the football field may cause more serious, lasting brain injury than a single, more severe incident. Researchers hope that this breakthrough will lead to additional knowledge on the prevention and treatment of concussions and other brain injuries in high school athletes.
Earlier this week, we talked about a recent report from the Associated Press in which professional football players admitted that they would be hesitant to leave a football game after suffering a concussion.
In recent months, we have written multiple blog posts on the pending lawsuits filed by several former professional football players against the National Football League. In those suits, the plaintiffs accused the NFL of negligently or purposely ignoring the potential for brain injury to football players, causing them to suffer concussions and other head trauma that has already or likely will lead to long-term brain injuries. You can read more about those head injury lawsuits in our earlier blog posts.
In August, seven retired professional football players filed a class action lawsuit against the National Football League, in what has become one of many suits accusing the NFL of either negligently or purposely ignoring the potential for brain injury to football players. Now, the NFL has filed a response to the lawsuit, alleging that the plaintiffs have no grounds to sue and asking the case to be dismissed.