Arizona group looking for NFL players to participate in CTE study

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An Arizona company is working on a test which would identify biomarkers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in living patients, and they’re asking NFL players in the area for their help.

Via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the research study is looking for football players over the age of 20, who only have to provide small amounts of blood, saliva and urine. The test is a potential breakthrough, since CTE has only been able to be identified during an autopsy.

Two companies, one based in Phoenix are collaborating on the study, and hope to tap into the high number of former NFL players in the area, as they look for 200 past and present players.

This is ground zero for the launch of this really important study,” said former NFL safety and broadcaster Solomon Wilcots, who leads a “players council” for Exosome Sciences. “If there was ever a time to have a call to action, this would be it. This is where the rubber meets the road. And there is a tremendous number of former NFL players in the Phoenix area.”

The company is beginning collections Wednesday in Phoenix, and players looking for more information can contact the study coordinator at CTE@tgen.org or 602-343-8653.

“We love the game of football; we wouldn’t be here talking about this if we didn’t,” former NFL linebacker Jamir Miller, another participant in the study, said. “In order for football to survive in this climate, we have to step up and face some of the ills. We look at it as this has to be contribution to the game, to the health of the game.”

The hope for the study is that a biomarker which shows signs of CTE could be used to develop treatments for players and anyone who suffers from brain trauma including the military.

7 responses to “Arizona group looking for NFL players to participate in CTE study

  1. I hope this will be a real scientific study. My kids are getting to the age where they’ll be signing up for sports, and I’m hearing about how the head shots in soccer are being looked at too. I don’t want to put my kid in soccer because I’m afraid of football, and then find out later that football was actually safer. Yes, more science is needed.

  2. This’ll give the NFL a big headache! Seriously, until now their talk has been about concussion protocol (or lack thereof, in practice) but the outside world has accepted that and moved onto increasing awareness of repeated sub-concussive hits also (and perhaps more so) causing CTE! 15yrs from now the game will look like flag ball but with a ton of extra padding.

  3. streetyson says:
    March 25, 2018 at 12:27 pm
    This’ll give the NFL a big headache! Seriously, until now their talk has been about concussion protocol (or lack thereof, in practice) but the outside world has accepted that and moved onto increasing awareness of repeated sub-concussive hits also (and perhaps more so) causing CTE! 15yrs from now the game will look like flag ball but with a ton of extra padding.

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    Too bad there wasnt this level of concern for the average Joe in the construction industry.

  4. Totally agree on looking for non football players to take part in this study.I have a feeling that alot of non football people are walking around with this so called CTE. There was actually something on the local new last year saying that Little League Baseball is dangerous!! Seriously? Its sad that for some reason it seems like the media is trying to take down this awesome sport. Just remember that Frank Gifford was supposedly diagnosed with CTE and wow, what a life after football that guy had. Announcer on MNF forever. Lived into his 80″s. Sharp as hell. So enough of this BS. Nobody is forcing these guys to play. So NFL PLEASE STOP CHANGING THE GAME TO SATISFY THE MEDIA!!!!

  5. Wow, Frank Gifford lived to an old age despite a CTE diagnosis! I guess that means all the evidence piling up, and the countless former NFL players who claim memory loss and serious cognitive difficulties don’t count. Larry Johnson says that two years of his career have vanished from memory. Junior Seau killed himself, and it turned out he had CTE. Jim McMahon said that, at age 50, he often didn’t know where he was. Mike Webster died with dementia at age 50. But yes, it’s all a media conspiracy.

    I understand some people don’t like the bad press for the NFL, and some people think these players are ultimately responsible for their own lives, so it’s not the league’s job to cater to them. But to suggest the concussion/CTE problem is media hype is crazy. These guys are 260-pound bulls charging headlong into each other at top speed. You really think there won’t be long-term health consequences to that? It’s all just the media trying to bring down the NFL to prove a point? Are you serious?

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