Should we trust the NFL to address head injuries? | The Tylt

Should we trust the NFL to address head injuries?

The NFL is investing $100 million in new technology and medical research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as part of the “Play Smart. Play Safe” initiative. Critics remain doubtful the NFL can be trusted due to both its history of ignoring the issue and its attempts to influence the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) research on CTE. Scroll to read more and vote below!

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The NFL is priding itself for its efforts in addressing CTE.

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Dr. Bennet Omalu discovered CTE in former NFL players in the early 2000s, which is the basis of the biopic "Concussion" starring Will Smith. CTE or severe head trauma fundamentally deteriorates the brain's structure, which has created much blowback in the NFL over the years. While on the surface, it might seem like the NFL is responsive, that might not actually be the case. Critics say the NFL hasn't been doing enough to address or prevent CTE, and their $100 million investment is only a small start given the NFL's history of obstructing solutions to the issue.

Huffington Post reported a listicle of "What You Need To Know About CTE This NFL Season."

87 out of 92 of former NFL players who donated their brains upon death to the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University to be studied tested positive for CTE. And it's been estimated that 96 percent of decreased NFL players had CTE. Also, there's a connection between CTE and NFL players who have committed suicide. Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau is among the most talked about. 

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The NFL has attempted to cooperate in the past with a $30 million donation to one of its greatest critics in 2012, the NIH. But…

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The NFL tried to use the money as a way to influence the studies. They lobbied to take the study away from Robert Stern, director of clinical research at Boston University’s C.T.E. Center, and instead wanted a NFL doctor to run the research with NIH. The NIH blasted the NFL who denied the accusations, but NFL later retracted the $16 million donation.

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But people are applauding the NFL for at least addressing the issue and taking some type of action.

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Some critics think the NFL is just trying to save face with the $100 investment.

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