And for retired players that are suffering the effects of brain trauma, possibly the result of a concussion, fuzzy is exactly how they feel as they tackle the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease .
Off the field many people are asking whether or not the NFL as an organization is doing enough to protect the players. And if not, who should pay.
But on the field, the players want to know how they can play the game they love, stay safe despite the violence of the game, and have a long healthy career with the healthy part extending into retirement.
What about the Study from the American Academy of Neurology?
Most stories surrounding the NFL concussions focus on a recently released study by the American Academy of Neurology. In their findings they note that overall, NFL players live longer than the US population in general. However, for those in their study that died, the neurodegenerative mortality is 3 times higher than the US population with afflictions with Alzheimer’s and ALS being 4 times higher.
Other underlying causes of death are also noted in the study. And of the 334 NFL players that died, many of the usual suspects are listed:
· ● All cancers: 85
· ● All cardiovascular diseases: 126
· ● All neurodegenerative causes: 10
· ● All injuries: 41
· ● Violence: 13
· ● All other causes: 59
It’s important to note that more than one “contributing”
It’s also interesting to note that in this report, the researchers indicate that CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, may have been the true primary or secondary factors in some of the deaths. CTE is only identified during autopsy and is being identified as a pathologically distinct neurodegenerative condition. And the symptoms which affect mental status, balance and movement can be similar to what is experienced with the more well-known diseases.
CTE diagnosis has only occurred within the last few years and there is still much to learn about it.
The Military Knows Something about CTE and Brain Trauma
It’s estimated that 20% of our military suffer from CTE. This can be the result of head trauma from the initial shock wave or the secondary “blast wind” of an unexpected IUD or other blast from combat. Athletes that experience multiple blows to the head can also be affected by this degenerative brain disease.
CTE sufferers present with abnormal deposits of the protein tau in the brain, which can be seen during autopsy. Those deposits of tau kill brain cells and cause cognitive declines. The result? Brain health and quality of life are affected.
Nutritional support for our military and elite athletes is what the science team behind Military Grade Nutritionals dietary supplements focus on. They are strong advocates for Siberian Ginseng aka Eleutherococcus senticosus for brain support. There are several promising studies that show regular use may prevent and/or delay the development of brain and cognitive related diseases, including CTE. This is why they have added that ingredient to their Navy Seal Formula.
It’s encouraging to see more research and studies being conducted to discover the cause of degenerative diseases of the brain. And, as players and their families are educated about the early signs of these diseases and the nutritional and dietary support available that may have a positive effect on the overall health of the player, we may get closer to the goal of loving the game and living a long, healthy life as the play clock runs down.
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For more information about CTE and Siberian Ginseng go to the article about Dietary Supplement benefits for sports or combat blasts: http://militarygradenutritionals.com/
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