There are a few articles on ESPN today about Chris Henry (recently deceased Bengals receiver) being posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
"The doctors at the forefront of this important work -- Julian Bailes and Bennet Omalu -- say CTE causes behavioral changes. Substance abuse, violence, erratic and unpredictable behavior -- it's all straight out of the handbook.
Obviously, this has the potential to be used as a one-size-fits-all excuse for the bad boys of football. But at the least, it has to cause us to reassess our reactions to the sociopathic behavior of football players."
Pretty much, the article talks about how the physical nature of football might be developing brain damage at a much higher/more dangerous rate than ever thought. That a 26-year-old WR who sees contact almost never (the article guesses 25% of plays) and was never diagnosed with a concussion in college or the pros, had brain damage - what does this mean for Ray Lewis or other Lineman/Backers who make their living off of hitting people?
The big correlation in the article is that football may be as dangerous as boxing. Will this change how you view football?(with the athletes risking brain damage and all)
Do you have any solution ideas? I personally think that helmets can go a long way... I know there has been talk on this board about a few new helmets, but High Schools across the country can't always afford the new technology.