- On October 17, 2017
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Football and Brain Disorders
Doctors at Boston University have found that former NFL New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez suffered from advanced CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) after extensive studies on his brain.
There is significant evidence on the dangers of exposing football players to repeated traumatic head impact, which causes neurodegenerative brain disorder. This behavior can trigger erratic behavior, depression and suicidal tendencies. A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found CTE in 99 percent of deceased NFL players brains studied.
The INVICTUS (Latin for unconquerable) Games, held in Toronto Canada in September 2017, celebrated 550 athletes participating from 17 countries competing in 12 adaptive sports. The games were created three years ago by Prince Harry and meant to inspire wounded warriors through the power of sport. Competing in the games, active US Army Colonel Daniel Dudek suffered a spinal cord injury in 2007 after being struck by an IED leaving him with limited leg mobility. “Distraction is the best medicine,” says Dudek.