Jill seem exhausted as we sat down to talk about her husband’s passing. It was an extremely long day. It was the month of February and we were interviewing at the Concussion Legacy Foundation family huddle. Although exhausted, Jill, 47, was eager to have her story recorded. She eager to talk about the experiences she’s had and hopes that her story will assist others. We sat in a tranquil corner in the foyer of The Rosen Centre hotel in Orlando. Florida, and I was able to listen to her talk for more than 90 minutes.
She told me about the man she married, Michael who was a bigger-than-life person. Whom she described as the life and soul of the party. She told me about the fact that he played numerous sports and suffered multiple concussions that diagnosed. While during his time playing American Football and lacrosse however. This did not diminish his passion for sports.
Jill spoke about how her son’s behavior slowly changed over time. He was able to forget basic tasks. What caused him to become aggressive. What caused his behavior to changed so drastically that she felt that they were welcome at social gatherings no longer. She explained you’re watching someone you cherish greatly disappear in front of your eyes. It’s just a nightmare.
One day, she was talking to her husband when working and the conversation ceased. Jill went to work and shocked to discover that he’d committed suicide own life. Jill among those we interviewed with relatives during the three days that our research. Team at the Concussion Legacy Foundation’s annual event. Our conversations offered understanding of what it being a former athlete suffering from chronic traumatic cerephalopathy (CTE). Which which a neurodegenerative condition similar to Alzheimer’s disease that caused by repeated head injuries in situations like sports and in the military.
The people we spoke with were through a lot. The pain, confusion and devastation of watching the mental health that someone loved decline seemed to be overwhelming. We also noticed positive indicators like how they were eager to share their story to aid others. And that there seemed to be an unwavering desire to change the situation. To the better and ensure that other families won’t need to experience what they’ve suffered.
The chronic traumatic brain injury that associated with boxing has talked for a long time. The year 1928 when Harrison Maryland first described chronic traumatic encephalopathy that seen in retired boxers. It initially referred to in the form of punch-drunk syndrome or dementia pugilistica. And may develop in boxers as a consequence of subclinical concussions that have lasted for a long time (not detected by standard medical tests).
In 2002 neuropathologist Bennet Omalu examined the brain of Mike Webster, a former National Football League (NFL) player who passed away from an attack on his heart due to his mental and physical health was rapidly declining. Then the former NFL players filed a lawsuit against the league, alleging that they were victims of head injuries or head trauma during their playing careers, that caused permanent neurological problems.
The VA-BU-CLF UNITE Bank located at Boston University is the largest tissue repository of its kind in the world focusing on traumatic brain injuries (TBI). In a study conducted in 2017 on the brains donated in the first 202 that examined. High rates of CTE discovered and 177 diagnosed with CTE which included 110 out of 111 of NFL players (99 percent). The brain bank includes more than 1,000 brains from donors that as young as 14 and affected by brain injuries mostly from sports. It is essential to study these brains to not only the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of CTE however, it is also for knowing the long-term effects of concussions and brain injuries.
Further research from the Boston the University’s CTE Center in the year 2019 has revealed that every year that you play full-time American football raises the risk for developing CTE by 30 percent. In other words, for each 2.6 years of playing, the chance of developing CTE is doubled.
The issue restricted to American sports. As compared to many other sports the rugby union sport is a particularly high risk of risk of injury, especially at the school level in the UK where it is an obligatory sport. Additionally it reported that there’s a one brain injury per game during international matches of rugby.
For football players, concussion usually is the result of head collisions that are accidental (like head-to head collisions or collisions with goalposts). However, a growing number studies have found that damaging sub-concussive hits (a bump or blow to the head that doesn’t cause any symptoms) can result from repeatedly steering the ball. There have been an increase in notable cases in recent years who have raised awareness about this issue.
In the last quarter of 2020, three events Passing changed perceptions about how dangerous football can be. The first was that Norbert Nobby Stiles, an English player from the 1966 FIFA World Cup winning team was killed. Stiles was diagnosed with dementia, and the causes of the disease were due to the frequent heading of the ball throughout his playing career.
Then, it revealed it revealed that Sir Bobby Charlton, another World Cup winner also identified with the disease. It was also the third person in his family to affected by the disease, as his brother Jack (who was a member of the same team that won) passed away at the beginning of this year, following his own battle with the disease.