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Top NFL Official: There?s A Link between American Football, Brain Disease

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On Monday, a senior NFL executive acknowledged that there is a link between American football-related trauma and traumatic brain injury or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

During a roundtable discussion assembled by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce, Jeff Miller, the league?s vice president of health and safety, admitted the connection between brain damage and CTE. When asked about the causative relationship between the two, he said: “The answer to that question is certainly yes” and noted that he is not a doctor.

Jeff Miller stated that he based his judgment on the research of Dr. Ann McKee, a Boston University neuropathologist who diagnosed CTE in the brains of 176 people as well as 90 out of 94 former NFL players.

“I think the broader point, and the one that your question gets to, is what that necessarily means, and where do we go from here with that information,” Miller stated, considering that little is known about the prevalence or the risk of incurring this disease.

In the past, the NFL has acknowledged that head trauma, in particular concussion, bears a risk for the long-term health of the players. But league officials have never admitted the connection between football and CTE, even when Congress inquired.

In 2013, thousands of former players who suffered from CTE and their families brought a lawsuit against the NFL in which the league agreed to pay $765 million as remuneration and to conduct research on concussions.

CTE is a progressive degenerative disease found in people who have had a severe blow to the head with symptoms including memory loss, depression and progressive dementia. And with the rise of concussions from 2014 to 2015, CTE is quickly gaining a reputation associated with football, particularly the NFL. ?????

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