Student Well-Being

New NFL, NCAA Statistics Paint Scary Picture About Football and Brain Damage

By Bryan Toporek — September 16, 2014 1 min read
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The National Football League had about the worst week imaginable last week, between a star running back being indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child and a bumbled investigation of a domestic violence incident involving another running back.

Thanks to those headline-grabbing stories, a third glancing blow to the NFL managed to sneak through largely unnoticed: The league admitted in court documents that “it expects nearly a third of retired players to develop long-term cognitive problems and that the conditions are likely to emerge at ‘notably younger ages’ than in the general population,” reports

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.