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Watching football tonight?

There is an interesting story in The New Yorker this week that implies that football and boxing destroy the brains of the participants.

Researchers have collected brains from 50 football players and boxers and have examined them for damage typically associated with dementia and Alzheimers. All of them showed damage, but without signs of the diseases.

All of them is too many to disregard.

They also have instrumented helmets to show head impacts. Typically, football players suffer impacts to the head measuring between 60 g’s and 100 g’s several times per game and also during practices. This throws their brains around inside their skulls causing cumulative damage.

Bottom line: sports like football, boxing and wrestling cause the same kinds of damage as Alzheimers disease only a lot sooner.

This doesn’t seem to be altoghther surprising. After all, the object in boxing is to concuss your opponenet so that he looses consciousness.

The only cure seems to be don’t play these sports.

And the bottom line to that: it won’t happen as long as 50,000 people show up to cheer while college and pro teams batter each others brains out.

I’ve switched my allegiance back to baseball. You may like soccer.

If you stay with football, you are no better than a Roman – sacrificing human life for a bit of entertainment.


Written by Charles Keefer

October 12, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Posted in Blog

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