A Late Hit for Pro Football Players.

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  • Author(s): MILLER, GREG
  • Source:
    Science. 8/7/2009, Vol. 325 Issue 5941, p670-672. 3p.
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    • Abstract:
      The article discusses emerging research that suggests physical play on the field may cause delayed brain damage in retired athletes. An example is given of U.S. professional wrestler Chris Nowinski who retired early following a series of head injuries that led to memory lapses, irritability, and persistent headaches. Topics include an overview of several brain injury studies involving U.S. National Football League (NFL) players, the presence of the protein tau which is implicated in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, and the reaction by the NFL's committee on mild brain injuries to the validity of non-NFL studies. An overview of the Sports Legacy Institute co-founded by Nowinski, which promotes research on sports-related head injuries, is presented.