NFL doctor says CTE is being “over-exaggerated”

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We’ve known about the condition known as “Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy” for several years now.  From time to time, CTE takes center stage.  And then it fades into the background again.

That’s partially because the condition remains largely shrouded in mystery, especially as it relates to the symptoms and consequences of microscopic changes to brain tissue resulting in the accumulation of tau protein.  In an October 2013 item published at Deadspin, Dr. Matt McCarthy explained that there’s still no clear link between football and CTE, and more importantly between CTE and various cognitive problems that occur as football players age.

“At the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport . . . world experts gathered to discuss the state of head-trauma science,” Dr. McCarthy wrote at the time.  “At the end of the conference, a consensus statement was released that said the following:  ‘A cause and effect relationship has not as yet been demonstrated between CTE and concussions or exposure to contact sports.’

“The statement runs counter to almost everything you have read about CTE, but it received virtually no media attention in the United States when it was released,” Dr. McCarthy added.  “In part, that’s because it speaks to the far higher burden of proof in the scientific community than the one in the public consciousness.  But that’s the point.  The popular consensus has far outstripped the science.”

For some, the popular consensus has become that playing football at any level means that the person who has played football at any level already has CTE, and that CTE is a time bomb that eventually will trigger the implosion of normal brain function.  In the wake of the Chris Borland retirement, some in the media who don’t particularly like football and/or who would prefer that other sports overtake football in popularity and profitability and/or who believe that they can tie their own personal legacies in some way to the death of this American Goliath have trotted out the notion that football is inherently unsafe because in the normal course of playing football, head contact occurs, all football head contact results in CTE, and all CTE results in brain damage.

The NFL, which has suffered plenty of blows to its credibility in recent months, has given the football-always-leads-to-brain-damage crowd ammunition for influencing skeptics and undecideds by trotting out a long-time NFL neurologist who downplayed on NFL-owned TV the prevalence and the risks of CTE.

“I think the problem of CTE although real is it’s being over-exaggerated and it’s being extrapolated to youth football and to high school football,” Dr. Joseph Maroon said on Tuesday’s NFL Total Access.

He then shared some statistics that were a bit confusing, to say the least.  I interpreted it to mean that 63 cases of CTE were found in youth football players over a 59-year period from 1954 through 2013, when 30-to-40 million kids played football.  It wasn’t clear what Dr. Maroon was actually saying about CTE in youth football, and if the NFL plans to try to sell that all is well with doctors on the NFL payroll, anything any NFL doctor says needs to always be clear.

“It’s a rare phenomenon,” Dr. Maroon then explained.  “We have no idea the incidence.  There are more injuries to kids from falling off of bikes, scooters, falling in playgrounds, than there are in youth football.  Again, it’s never been safer.  Can we improve?  Yes.  We have to do better all the time to make it safer.  But I think if a kid is physically able to do it and wants to do it, I think our job is to continue to make it safer.  But it’s much more dangerous riding a bike or a skateboard than playing youth football.”

Despite the knee-jerk resistance to any self-serving thing the NFL says on this or any topic, it’s accurate assessment of the risks, even though the Fainaru-Wadas of the world now cling to the subtle-yet-disingenuous suggestion that risk of an accident is fundamentally different than the risk of head injuries resulting from playing football.  Again, the popular (but flawed) argument has become:  (1) football entails head contact; (2) all head contact results in CTE; and (3) all CTE results in brain damage.

Dr. McCarthy’s article from October 2013 suggests that the popular argument (which instantly has gotten far more popular in the wake of the Borland retirement) is incorrect.  The problem for the NFL becomes, given the perception/reality that the league routinely sprinkles fertilizer over the public on matters of significance, that folks will now be disinclined to accept at face value whatever any NFL doctor or other NFL employee has to say on the matter.  Which means that the NFL needs to tread lightly when trying to push back against a popular consensus regarding CTE, even if the popular consensus is fundamentally flawed

That’s not to say that anything/everything Dr. Maroon said was incorrect.  But if Dr. Maroon’s assessment is indeed accurate, it becomes important for the NFL to get the truth out in a way that won’t invite criticism those who view anything/everything the NFL says with skepticism.

85 responses to “NFL doctor says CTE is being “over-exaggerated”

  1. Bike riding is more dangerous? Show me statistics. Show me that more kids get concussions riding bikes or skateboarding than playing football. Show me statistics that kids get multiple concussions.

    No, we don’t know all about CTE. But we know more now than we ever did. And last I checked, I wasn’t reading about former cyclists with CTE.

    All of the above is crap. Unmitigated NFL-biased crap. And I really expect better from this site.

    Also, “over-exaggerated?” As opposed to a proper level of exaggeration? If you can’t even use words properly, you have no standing with me.

  2. What? People don’t believe the NFL? Their credibility and lack thereof is hard-earned. I have an idea about credibility, though. Fire Roger Goodell and hire someone with some.

  3. Chris Borland = Quitter who was trying to make quick buck of the NFL. He is using concussions as an excuse but it seems his plan from the start was to take the money and run.

  4. I’m not going to listen to what an “NFL” doctor has to say about CTE.

    Instead, I’m going to wait and see what Dr. Jerrah Jones has to say about the issue.

  5. A NFL doctor saying that repeatively getting slammed in the head by 300lb tackles cant be bad for your health?
    Geeze its almost like he has financial interest to say such a thing.

  6. More kids are injured riding bikes and scooters
    Then playing youth football because less kids play youth football.
    More people die in car accidents a year then to shark attack
    Because less people swim in the ocean. That doesn’t mean sharks are safer then cars.

  7. sdelmonte says:

    All of the above is crap. Unmitigated NFL-biased crap. And I really expect better from this site.


    I agree with you, but why are you expecting more from this site? This site (and many others) draw their existence from suckling off of the NFL. It’s a cash cow that they can’t afford to see jeopardized.

    I love the NFL, but just for once I’d like to see the NFL take some accountability. It would start with a new Commish.

  8. Please forgive me if I don’t trust the medical opinion of anybody who uses the term “over-exaggerated.”

  9. People love to take whatever flimsy evidence that suits their agenda and draw grand conclusions about what the “science” shows. The fact is, science is hard. It’s hard to establish that one thing causes another, especially when there’s a low base rate of incidence. So I believe what this guy says, that no cause and effect relationship has been established. At the same time, science progresses all the time, and what once was considered “settled science” usually winds up being laughably wrong just a few years later. Most likely, the causal relationship will be established at some point.

  10. Man, you can get CTE if you hit the water off a diving board the wrong way, or if you get rear-ended in your car. There doesn’t even have to be an impact to your head! The jarring/whiplash motion is enough to cause damage because your brain moves around in your skull. That is how delicate the human brain is.

    But we’re supposed to think that bashing your head into somebody else’s 50 snaps a game, 16 games a year for 5-10 years isn’t necessarily going to hurt anything.

    Yeah, sure, OK, you betcha.

  11. In my study, I am saying there is clear link between football and CTE.

    I know what you all are thinking. How do I know so much about this? I did stay at a Holiday Inn once.

  12. Look at the team he is sporting in the pic. Emporer Rooney will have him killed by a drunk Lucky Charms guy if he speaks negativly about the NFL.

  13. Damage control.

    I’m no doctor but can figure out that not having your head scrambled around a helmet vs. having your head scrambled around a helmet will be much better on your brain – both short term and long term.

  14. As long as I can sit on my fat butt and stuff my face with junk food and booze and be entertained, it is worth it for others to risk brain damage for the cause of my entertainment.

  15. Sadly we live in an era when media hype trumps scientific thought or even intelligent reasoning. (Intelligent reasoning being more important because science in and of itself often does not supply an answer.)

    While this has probably always been the case, with TV, Radio, Movies, Magazines, the Internet and Twitter, we have reached a zenith in our ability to foment concern and outrage.

  16. It is fascinating.

    My 16 year old son is in the midst of a concussion recovery. He has been out of school and sports and almost everything for a couple of weeks now. He is being retested late next week.

    It is my son’s second concussion. He does not play football.

    I have no doubt that a good shot to the head, however it is caused, has substantial consequence. I am not as confident that it is a precursor to life long health issues. I say that because nothing about my son’s lifestyle makes him significantly different than me and my friends when we were idiot teenagers. Sports and other crazy behaviour by boys who think they are invincible is as common as dirt. The agony of the brain injured is thankfully uncommon.

  17. So the NFL is going w/ the Tobacco Defense:

    “We don’t know conclusively that smoking is bad for you. We need more research into it.”

    That’s a great look NFL. Good job….

  18. The NFL is starting to sound like the fools in Washington who are against climate change.

    The nfl is starting to sound too familiar to the spin doctors in Washington.

  19. That doc is right. Contrary to what many believe, there has been no study that shows a link from football to CTE. Concussions to CTE hasn’t been proven either. I am not saying it isn’t possible but the known facts do not square with the level of fear. CTE is confirmed after death by testing brain tissue. Some football players have been tested and determined to have had it. Regular people who haven’t played football are not tested routinely. It is possible that many of those people could test positive and that would muddy the waters of a link with football.

    The depression many career football players demonstrate after leaving the game is the same as that of other vocations. That kicks in when everything they have known is changed via retirement. The suicide rate for retired military is very high for much the same reasons.

    There is cause for concern about CTE but it is not so dire about situation as has been speculated by the media and helicopter moms.

  20. sdelmonte here are your bicycle stats; clearly much more dangerous than football:

    In 2010 in the U.S., 800 bicyclists were killed and an estimated 515,000 sustained bicycle-related injuries that required emergency department care. Roughly half of these cyclists were children and adolescents under the age of 20 (2). Annually, 26,000 of these bicycle-related injuries to children and adolescents are traumatic brain injuries treated in emergency departments (3). CDC

    The source of that is the CDC so look it up if you don’t believe it; furthermore, it is ridiculous that people commenting on this board have zero medical/scientific experience yet question a guy who is considered one of the leading experts on concussions in the world and who has worked with thousands of groups, individuals, etc. not just the NFL. His protocols, etc. are used by schools throughout the world.

  21. This is exactly why the NFL shouldn’t be allowed to share employee opinions about CTE, football and the damages. This is not only a conflict of interest, he’s completely taking the ideas of the scientific community out of context to fit his perspective from his employers, and he knows he’s doing it.

    I am a Neuro-researcher, and he is a clinician employed byt eh NFL with no actual expertise on the science or the condition. He is a doctor that can prescribe pills now pretending he has far reaching knowledge in all fields of medicine.

    To make such claims is nonsense and he knows it. Of course kids get hurt falling off bikes, etc. And of course we can’t 100% pinpoint that CTE is solely caused by football. It probably isn’t solely caused by one thing. But the reason we can’t is because all of the professional leagues refuse to employ a very simple blood test, already developed, that can show a marker for beginning symptoms of CTE and absolute markers of concussions. This would absolutely prove the direct link. But for now, the only actual way to confirm is post-mortem, and they know this. So they continue to throw around the absolute lie that we don’t know that repeated concussions, or head blows, cause early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, CTE, clinical depression, etc, etc, etc.

    Of course, just keep pretending NFL. Funny that only your doctors seem to think there is any controversy about this.

  22. There would need to be a substantial study involving the brains of people that didn’t play contact sports vs people that did. Then use that data to extrapolate whether CTE is caused by TBI. Because you can’t test for CTE while that person is living or without the brain being donated to science. You can’t disprove something that isn’t there to test but the few NFL players that were studied after their death did have CTE, but there is no data or way of knowing how it got there. So all of you couch potatoes, donate your brain, so that we can find out the true cost of playing contact sports.

  23. Speaking of pittsburgh steeler doctors… how about an update on the illegal distribution of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone trial of pittburgh steelers doctor dr. richard rydze.

  24. Ira Casson came back to the NFL?

    I never knew that.

    Ira Casson was the NFL’s doctor and “expert” on head injuries. He is in agreement with this current guy despite good ratings on Yelp.

  25. “I am not as confident that it is a precursor to life long health issues. I say that because nothing about my son’s lifestyle makes him significantly different than me and my friends when we were idiot teenagers. Sports and other crazy behaviour by boys who think they are invincible is as common as dirt.”

    Anecdotal stories do not make science. You say that you are not confident that it is a precursor to life long health issues. That’s exactly why we have professionals in the field who do know. This is why we listen to them in their fields of study instead of doing google searches, as many do nowadays.

    Not every person will have problems due to lifestyle early in life. That doesn’t mean that the numbers don’t show it conclusively. There will always be outliers.

    Not to mention, what age are you? It doesn’t mean that there may not be problems earlier than you would have seen them. One thing is for sure, it is not debatable. Banging your head over and over leads to cognitive problems if not rectified. There is only so much the brain can take, and neurons do not grow back so readily.

  26. I believe him when he says that more children are injured on bikes, scooters, and skateboards than playing football, however, he forget to mention that far more kids do these activities than play football.

  27. I think we are going to start seeing a lot of early retirements. Even middle and late rounders can make a whole lot of bank in a couple or three years. And if they retire due to injury I bet they can collect a whole lot more.

  28. There is so much unverified information out there on player injuries after retirement. I was watching TV last night and a reporter said the average life expectancy of an NFL football player is 57 years. That makes no sense…no one would ever play the game if that was true.

    Why can’t someone who is truly independent do a study and provide some actual facts? That would do away with all the speculation and provide some concrete truths.

  29. This is now like global warming, err…climate change. The media has decided what narrative they want and will shout down any FACT that does not fit. The narrative is immune to facts.

    So here we have the ridiculous situation where the fact is that it is not even proven that concussion leads to CTE, nevermind that CTE leads to brain damage.

    Now the situation is that the side with fact needs to be careful what they say, but the other side can make any claim they like.

    Maybe Aaron Hernandez should say he got a concussion and that’s why he shot people. The he can sue the NFL for money.

  30. Well, here’s the issue: CTE can only be diagnosed post mortem. The family of the deceased must agree to the autopsy, or the person must designate their brain to research ahead of time.

    So, saying that there were only 63 cases of CTE in youth football means only that many were FOUND.

    This whole argument is extremely disingenuous by the NFL. Anyone who has ever dealt with someone with a brain injury knows that they can lead to significant mood swings, irrational behavior, almost amnesia-like memory loss, and a slew of other issues. And then the person can present as perfectly normal.

    CTE, specifically, should not be the issue. The effects of repeated head trauma should be. CTE is just part of the conversation.

    Talk to former players. The anecdotal evidence alone should provide the world with plenty of information on how these issues manifest over time.

    The NFL may be correct that the game is safer (but never truly safe), but they don’t do themselves any favors by playing these games. To me it looks like they’re only paying lip service to the concussion issue and really don’t care about the health of the players.

    Yes, players make a choice to play football, and some of them make a lot of money. But the NFL should NOT be allowed to make a bajillion dollars on the backs of its employees without being culpable in the health and care of present and former employees.

  31. Maybe he should take credit for Justin Strelzcyk, Terry Long and Mike Webster. All died with CTE all cared for by Maroon.

    He also owns Impact so he makes money by promoting tackle football to children as young as 5.

    He also seems to have interest in the supplement business.

    An original member of the NFL m-TBI committee whose members published such gems as, ” you can return to play in the same game after suffering a concussion.”

  32. Why is there a large gap in CTE/concussion protocol between NHL and NFL doctors? Don’t they talk or learn form each other? NHL players have been sidelined for more than a year because of a concussion. NFL players a week, maybe two and they’re back at it. I won’t buy the argument about tougher players (NFL) or harder playing surface to hit (NHL). Maybe I will buy money talks – you don’t make any with a player on the sideline. Plus the NHL has lower levels they can pull from to fill vacancies. The NFL has a lot less options bound up in complex contracts.

  33. No wonder the Steelers get all the calls. Just got the evidence i needed to verify what i know to ne true.

    An NFL Dr. Lol. Laughable phrase. No conflict of legitimate info right.

    These clowns in the NFL league office all need to be fired. They look dumber and dumber every day

  34. californiaqid says: Mar 18, 2015 11:57 AM

    The NFL is lying: Any guy who’s been in a football tackling drill knows that this doctor has never been in a football tackling drill.


    Yes! I got my bell rung in tackling drills a few times, but never in a game, luckily.

    I will also add that I never got hurt playing rugby. People tend to not tackle like reckless idiots if they don’t have protective equipment.

  35. Simple Simon, I live in an area where towns are making Tobogganing illegal, because it is unsafe; where our public school has banned the use of baseballs and firm soccer balls, because someone might be hurt. In the town next to mine, a young girl was tragically killed skiing two weeks ago. She was a trained skiier. A competitor, warming up on intermediate hills, wearing a helmut.

    I raise these as what I see the “spectre” of danger is doing. I know my son would be safer, by some definition of safety, if rather than engage sports and other activities in the world around him, he chose to stay inside and play the Madden versions. Any bets on whether he would be better or worse off in his fifties?

  36. “It’s a rare phenomenon,” Dr. Maroon then explained. “We have no idea the incidence. ”

    It’s either rare and you know the incidence or you don’t know the incidence and you don’t know the rarity. You can’t have it both ways doc.

  37. pensfan1, I heard Kris Kluwe interviewed yesterday. His point was that non-guaranteed contracts place substantial pressure on the injured player to get back in the game.

  38. We really don’t need to explore this any further: bashing your head into something at a high rate of speed, repeatedly will likely lead to head and brain injuries. I really don’t get why this is news to anyone. There is no way to make the game safer so the only other alternative is to eliminate the sport all together. I honestly think that is the goal by the media that has made it’s living reporting on the sport.

  39. The NFL and the good doctor are missing the point. I am a parent and I do not need a direct casual link between CTE and football. I only need to know that there is a risk that there could be a direct casual link between CTE and football to steer my boys away from ever playing football. The NFL spin doctors should be concentrating on acknowledging the risk and how the NFL is trying to reduce the risk rather using these tired old smoking industry arguments about no direct casual proof.

  40. Common sense is gone (no pun intended). You play a violent sport there is consequences. You don’t need science to come to that conclusion.

  41. And global warming isn’t happening…

    Keep spinning it NFL and maybe if you believe it to be true, it will be. Smh.

  42. @tavisteelersfan

    I totally understand where you are coming from. I don’t think safety rules will make people any safer at all. I’ve always said, the worst thing you can ever do is put an infant in a helmet. They never learn that hitting their head is actually bad and when they find out, they are bigger and more likely to do great harm.

    But this isn’t about all the over the top safety measures. It’s about the actual facts about how banging ones head over time leads to CTE and other problems, and where the NFL keeps coming up with ways to say it’s not proven yet.

    By the way, I also live in areas where things like tobogganing have been a big issue. One thing you may not know is that the reason, at least where I live, that it is an issue at all is because a child got hurt doing it, and the parents sued the city and won. So, the city now has to act or else they’ll continue to get sued. Sad state of affairs the world has gotten itself into.

  43. “Common sense is gone (no pun intended). You play a violent sport there is consequences. You don’t need science to come to that conclusion.”

    No, but if you’re going to lure young children and adults from troubled pasts with stories and visions of grandeur and excess money and fame, then the burden of responsibility lies with you. Also, if you’re going to take an active role in “teaching” young children how to hit properly, when the brain is still in it’s infancy of development, and almost all of these children will never get to the NFL to make the money, then what burden does that also apply to the league? Lots of questions could be asked in this debate.

  44. Just another old fart who hasn’t the seen the Frontline documentary, “League of Denial”. If you can watch that and come to the conclusion that everything is inconclusive, then you just don’t want to see it. I love the part of how many times the NFL asked for independent research just to disavow it unless it stated what the NFL wanted to hear. I’m all for scientific debate, but the NFL isn’t making all these changes simply because it has to keep the fans happy, it is doing it for the same reason it changed it’s domestic abuse policy. Because it is obvious that the status quo doesn’t make business sense any more. It is tired of getting caught with it’s pants down again and again.

  45. You choose to play football. You choose to deal with the consequences. You can choose to not play/retire like Chris Borland. When you do choose to play football you’re highly compensated to do so. The league minimum salary for me would set me up big time. So play or don’t play it’s all YOUR CHOICE! So tired of this I’m suing the NFL sh!t because you played a violent sport for 15 years, and now your body hurts. Never mind the millions of dollars you earned. So sick of this sh!t

  46. It’s ok folks, I have my handy PR spin de-coder ring!

    When the good doc says there’s no proved link between football playing and CTE,

    he really means,

    “The studies will take another 20-30 years to come up with the proof everyone currently suspects is true, and in the meantime, I can make a good living from the NFL”

    Enjoy living on borrowed time doc.

  47. Sdelmonte says “show me statistics” about bikes being dangerous. He clearly doesn’t watch pro cycling. There have been 96 pro cyclists who have died during races, with another 4 killed in training. It turns out that hurtling down mountains at 50 miles an hour with just a little helmet to protect you isn’t the safest sport in the world.

    Can you imagine how much people would freak out if an NFL player died during a game? In cycling they usually end up with marker that gets mentioned the next time 150 riders go screaming around the corner where they went off the mountain.

  48. If you want an excellent academic study on and resource about concussions and sport I’d refer you to The Epidemiology of Sport-Related Concussion by Daneshvar et al. In looking at the NCAA from 1988 to 2004 they concluded the sport with the highest incidence of concussion was women’s ice hockey with .91 concussions happening per 1,000 athletic-exposures. Women’s soccer and men’s ice hockey were next at .41. Football was next at .37.

    So let’s put this in perspective. First, this means 4 concussions occurred over 10,000 athletic-exposures (an exposure is one game or one practice by a single player). That means the average football player could participate in 10,000 practices and games and sustain 4 concussions. The average player practices or plays roughly 100 times in a year which suggests he’d have to play 100 years to sustain those four concussions. Since not all concussions lead to CTE and CTE doesn’t always lead to horrible symptoms it follows that the sport is actually quite safe. This is not to say that the sport doesn’t exact a toll on people but we are specifically referencing concussions and CTE.

    Secondly, women’s hockey has more than twice the rate of concussions as football and no one is going on the media to talk about hat. If they were truly interested in the “topic” they would. But they aren’t interested in that. They are interested in web hits and ratings. So they talk about football and how scary it is because people tune into that.

    You can emote your way through this topic – like most people will do – or you can use the grey matter you were born with and think for yourself.

  49. The same doctors and scientists issued a statement that there is no evidence for climate change, global warming, evolution, or the roundness of the earth.

  50. People keep getting off subject here. They keep focusing on how other sports also have major problems. This is correct. You could fall down accidentally playing darts. The point is not that other sports and activities can also lead to these problems. It’s that the NFL refuses to acknowledge that hits on a football field can. And they use any and every method possible to distract people from this truth.

    Then when science shows that it does lead to these things, they find ways to discredit it or ignore the findings.

    People on here keep asking to show the studies. Simply do a google search on CTE and related studies and click on scolarly. It will show you that 1000’s of studies have been done. Many of them are very recent, including a study finishing in 2012 that followed players from 1959-1989 (or something like that) and came to the same conclusions every other credible study has come to… increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s, Depression, ALS and post mortem CTE. Also, PFT, please refrain from using the “tau” protein when discussing this. It’s a number of different proteins, and phosphorylated tau is simply one of them.

    Anyways, for those saying they should do a study, 1000’s exist already. Just take a look on PubMed.

  51. Would this by chance be the same “NFL doctor” who stood behind the NFL when the NFL claimed for over a decade that “brain injury” was not an issue in the NFL?

  52. The Texans owner gave an interview just last season where he said he doubts to this very day that you can get a concussion from playing football. And this is the sort of “doctor” guys like that would naturally employ.

  53. I don’t understand the argument about players choosing to play football, so they should have no recourse or protection – or the NFL should bear no responsibility – regarding injuries, head or otherwise.

    The NFL runs on star players with fantastic athletic talent. Players are obviously well compensated for playing this sport. But, the NFL also earns billions of dollars based on the performance of the players.

    Why should the NFL bear no responsibility for the safety and health of its players? It’s a business, and both sides provide a service that is key to the mutual benefit of all those involved.

    Players accept the risk of injury in order to play and make money, but NFL should be heavily invested in player safety, or else the league is just a meat grinder and the players have no value other than as cannon fodder.

    Well, that’s what it is now. The NFL should aspire to be better than that.

  54. Owners, you really need a commissioner that won’t be suckered every time any group goes after your money.

  55. “But it’s much more dangerous riding a bike or a skateboard than playing youth football.”

    Yeah? Only if your kid and his friend get on those bikes and skateboards and ride headfirst into each other at 15 or 20 miles an hour.

    Check concussuion rates for skating or riding and find the injuries can be just as severe, but the incidence of similar injuries is far, far, far less in the ‘wheeled’ sports.

    In other news, the doctors mother confirmed he’s never been quite right since she dropped him on his head as a child, and that he still suffers from delusion and paranoia. With the right meds though, he’s an over achiever.

  56. the global warming analogy is perfect…. global warming is very obviously happening, as is brain damage in the NFL, but this quack wants to deny it … wow

  57. Construction is probably a lot more dangerous than playing in the NFL .. yet NFL players get 1000X more $.. just saying

  58. the doctor needs to learn about statistically relevance.

    Normalize the data then show us the facts

    Football Injuries / Number of folks playing football
    Play ground injuries / Number of folks using a playground

    I would bet the Number for football is substantially higher, his defense is laughable. It sounds good as a sound bit for his personal defense. Here is an example: More kids get hurt on the play ground than lying in the street during rush hour

    Number of kids dumb enough to lay in the street = 2
    Number of kids hurt laying in the street = 2
    Normalized number 2/2 =1
    Number of kids playing play ground equipment each day
    Number hurt maybe thousands

    Ignoring any normalization you could claim less kids get hurt laying in the street every year than on the playground.

  59. Tackle football, in my mind, is now a de facto Public Health Hazard. Public Tax Dollars should no longer be allowed to be used for public high school tackle football. My local Campbell High School District (CA) will be placing this issue on their agenda for debate.

    Allowing Public Tax Dollars to promote and execute football is the functional equivalent of providing high school students to have cartons of cigarettes and encouraging them to smoke in their classrooms.

  60. These are the same NFL doctors that don’t let players have access to their medical charts, in the event they want an independent 3rd party opinion. Look into it – NFL players, in general, cannot have copies of their medical records.

    Talk about thumbing your nose at the hypocratic oath.

  61. CTE is an excuse for bad behavior… Look at all of the ex players that are talking heads now. Give me a break.

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