Brain disease and football has been a huge concern for the public over time, but has never fully been addressed as a legit link. In the past football has been described to lead to long-term problems, that’s as detailed as it got.
The NFL’s top health and safety officer Jeff Miller has officially acknowledged that playing football and brain disease, specifically head trauma that causes chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce convened a roundtable discussion on Concussions, who are investigating concussions in sports, military, and other pursuits that may be dangerous. Several NFL affiliates were preset at this discussion. Miller was asked about the connection between playing football and brain disorders and if a link had been established.
Miller confirmed that there was a link between football and brain disease referring to the number of retired NFL players who were diagnosed with CTE.
Back in early February Dr. Mitch Berger, a member of the NFL’s head, neck and spine committee denied a link between playing football and development of CTE during a Super Bowl event. This was only about a month ago!
Although Will Smith did not receive an Oscar nomination his performance in the film “Concussion”, the film stirs up relevant conversations, and is relating to what is happening right now, with the link to brain disorders and football being officially verified.