January 17, 2012 |
Retired football players who are overweight could be at greater risk for cognitive problems compared to normal-weight former players, a study finds. Football players might have the health deck stacked against them in other ways, since they're also at risk for brain injury from concussions. Add obesity into the mix and it may up the ante even more. Other studies have shown a link between obesity and cognitive impairment. Researchers analyzed data in two groups: 38 retired NFL players who were at a healthy weight and 38 retired players who were overweight.
December 6, 2011 |
The brain of former National Hockey League player Derek Boogaard showed signs of early chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers report, shedding light on the neurological condition that may affect some athletes who sustain brain injuries during play. Boogaard died at age 28 from a drug overdose in May, and his brain was autopsied by Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist at the Bedford VA Medical Center and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University.
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.
September 20, 2011 |
Kevin Guskiewicz, one of the winners of the MacArthur Foundation award announced Tuesday, was long a thorn in the side of the National Football League. Since 1999, he has wired the helmets of about 700 college football players with accelerometers to study what kinds of hits result in concussions , which kinds of players get them, and what the long-term consequences of those brain injuries can be. He was among the first to find a strong link between multiple concussions and later dementia, depression and memory and intellectual deficits that often lead to Alzheimer's disease.
May 2, 2011 |
In the months leading up to his suicide, former NFL player Dave Duerson feared that a life spent on football fields, all of those hard hits, might have irreparably damaged his brain. Now, medical researchers say they have confirmation. A postmortem examination has found evidence that Duerson suffered from a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions and other repetitive head trauma, researchers said Monday. "The pathology was severe in areas of the brain that influence impulse control, inhibition, emotion and memory," said Dr. Ann McKee, a neurologist at Boston University and the Bedford VA Medical Center.
March 3, 2011 |
Bob Probert might have been the most feared NHL player who ever raised a fist, a wild brawler who often skated off bloodied and battered but to enthusiastic applause. He spent 16 seasons as an enforcer for the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, avenging slights against teammates and energizing his team. Decades of fighting on the ice and hard living away from it took a heavy toll though: He died of a heart attack last summer at 45. Probert's contribution as a player was measured in penalty minutes, not in goals.