January 10, 2013 |
Junior Seau, among the greatest linebackers in NFL history, suffered from degenerative brain disease when he fatally shot himself in May, the National Institutes of Health said in a study released Thursday, another blow to a league whose former players say they were never warned about the dangers of head injuries. More than 2,000 former players are suing the NFL, contending the league never properly addressed the problems with head injuries and in many cases withheld information about the long-term effects associated with them.
December 4, 2012 |
A new study of brains donated after death details the degenerative brain disease that afflicted 68 of 85 subjects who suffered multiple concussions during stints in the military or in organized sports. Among the deceased athletes whose brains were examined for the study were NFL Hall of Famers John Mackey, a tight end, and running back Ollie Matson, both of whom died in 2011 of dementia complications. Among those diagnosed post-mortem as suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, 26% were considered suicidal at some point in their lives, and at least seven ultimately took their own lives, the study found.
October 3, 2012 |
In an at-bat that was seven years in the making, Adam Greenberg struck out on three pitches against New York Mets Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey. Greenberg, who signed a one-day contract for Tuesday's appearance with the Miami Marlins, took strike one, hacked at a pitch off the plate, and went down swinging on a pitch up and out of the zone. But he went to the dugout with a smile on his face, receiving hugs and handshakes from teammates and Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen. Greenburg's second-chance story began in 2005, when in his major-league debut as a member of the Chicago Cubs he was drilled in the back of his helmet by a 92 mph fastball in a game against the then-Florida Marlins.
September 5, 2012 |
As the National Football League kicks off a new season, a study appearing in a leading medical journal underscores the long-term costs of the game on those who play it. A study tracking 3,439 retired players with five or more seasons in the NFL found these athletes four times as likely as other men their age to die of Alzheimer's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Among the league's "speed players" - those who build up substantial speed before they make a tackle or are brought down by one - the odds of dying of those causes were even greater.
May 2, 2012 |
Former NFL star Junior Seau's death by apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound follows a pattern of suicides by other high-profile football players who suffered from long-term effects of repeated brain injury. That list of players includes Andre Waters of the Philadelphia Eagles and Terry Long of the Pittsburgh Steelers. And just last year, former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest, but not before requesting that his brain be donated to science so that researchers could study the long-term effects caused by concussion and other repeated brain injuries.
October 5, 2011 |
Flashy Rick Martin was never going to be confused with an enforcer, achieving acclaim as a vaunted goal-scorer, not a fighter, in his glory days with the Buffalo Sabres. But Martin, who died in March of a heart attack at age 59, was revealed to have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease linked to repeated brain trauma, according to Boston University researchers in a report issued Wednesday. The other two former NHL players diagnosed with CTE, post-mortem, were known for their formidable fighting abilities, Bob Probert and Reggie Fleming . Martin was said to have stage two of the disease — stage four being the most severe.
January 24, 2011 |
In the 1946 issue of the Annals of Surgery, U.S. Army Maj. Ralph A. Munslow chronicled in exquisite detail the emergency care of 140 soldiers and civilians who suffered grievous head wounds ? mainly from shell fragments ? during the 5th Army's 1944 operation to seize and hold a beachhead in Anzio, Italy. While liberally sprinkling antibiotic sulfa powder, and later penicillin, directly into his patients' gaping head wounds, Munslow meticulously collected all traces of foreign bodies and skull fragments, he reported.
October 23, 2010 |
At 25, Chaz Kekipi, the athletic trainer at Anaheim Servite High, doesn't look too far removed from his football playing days. Thick-muscled and burly, he could easily be mistaken for a starter on one of the lines. But don't expect to hear him advising any of his teenage athletes to tough out a significant injury. He says he's more likely to err on the side of caution. And occasionally, that puts him at odds with a coach. "They still want every kid to play through everything," Kekipi said.
October 23, 2010 |
The former star running back boards first. It's a few minutes before 7 on a Tuesday morning as Brad Ebner gives his father a hug and ambles onto a small yellow school bus that has pulled up outside his Goleta home. The bus has been modified inside with a large open space for a wheelchair on one side and three seats with room for another wheelchair on the other. As the driver navigates the Santa Barbara area, five more college-age passengers come aboard: two men using wheelcairs who have cerebral palsy; a man with autism; and a man and a woman who have mental disabilities.
September 20, 2010
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy didn't receive much media buzz until University of Pennsylvania football player Owen Thomas committed suicide before a game seemingly out of the blue in April. Boston University researchers this month confirmed that an autopsy of the 21-year-old's brain showed early signs of the disease typically found in NFL athletes with a history of repetitive head trauma. Researchers were quick to underscore that it's impossible to definitively say that CTE, as it's called, caused the suicide, but the findings offered some explanation for the unusual behavior Thomas began to display before he hanged himself.