Does football cause brain damage?

Football increases risk of brain damage

There isn't enough evidence to prove this

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Football players put themselves under an extremely high risk of having brain problems because of the head injuries they get during their careers, reports the New York Times. C.T.E (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) was extremely widespread in a select study of the brains of ex-NFL players. Individuals that have C.T.E can suffer from memory loss, confusion, depression and dementia. The highly physical way that football is played is a long-term health risk to its players. Not just heavy but also light blows to the head, when numerous, can have severe long-term effects. While the extent of brain damage can be discussed, its existence cannot.

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Given all the current evidence, football causing brain damage is unproven, argues Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports. Medicine is still not able to diagnose C.T.E in living people, making it hard to measure its prevalence. Football can be dangerous, which doesn't mean it causes brain damage. Health, age, mental and substance abuse factors are significant. No study that accounted for such issues was able to show a direct link between football and C.T.E, holds sports neurologist Jeffrey Kutcher. Public discourse has been swayed by fear but the science is still unclear. Saying the sport causes brain damage is based on incomplete proof.

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