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NFL tried to frustrate concussion study

It stymied, rather than helped, brain research

Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce yesterday (May 23) released a report charging that the National Football League (NFL) tried to frustrate rather than aid a study on concussions.

In 2012, the NFL donated tens of millions of dollars to concussion research that would be overseen by the National Institutes of Health. But the league tried to influence the report improperly, said the Democrats on the committee. The NFL denounced the accusations made in the study.

Junior Seau when he played for the New England Patriots (2006–2009)

"It is the latest in a long history of instances in which the NFL has been found to mismanage concussion research," said the New York Times. Such unwarranted interference dates to the league's first exploration of the crisis "when it used deeply flawed data to produce a series of studies," the Times said.

The league funded four National Institutes of Health studies on the concussion problem, but it made an issue of the fifth, which was to be on aspects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head.

Junior Seau, the Chargers linebacker and Oceanside resident who killed himself in 2012, was determined to have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce yesterday (May 23) released a report charging that the National Football League (NFL) tried to frustrate rather than aid a study on concussions.

In 2012, the NFL donated tens of millions of dollars to concussion research that would be overseen by the National Institutes of Health. But the league tried to influence the report improperly, said the Democrats on the committee. The NFL denounced the accusations made in the study.

Junior Seau when he played for the New England Patriots (2006–2009)

"It is the latest in a long history of instances in which the NFL has been found to mismanage concussion research," said the New York Times. Such unwarranted interference dates to the league's first exploration of the crisis "when it used deeply flawed data to produce a series of studies," the Times said.

The league funded four National Institutes of Health studies on the concussion problem, but it made an issue of the fifth, which was to be on aspects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head.

Junior Seau, the Chargers linebacker and Oceanside resident who killed himself in 2012, was determined to have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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I'm shocked, shocked to find this out. The NFL is usually so altruistic ....

May 24, 2016

MichaelValentine: Yes, the NFL labors hard, and only for society's benefit. It is just amazing how all these owners can wind up being billionaires when the objective of the league is to foster public sportsmanship and good citizenship. Best, Don Bauder

May 24, 2016

It's because nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the average football fan. But what about the upper fifty percent?

May 27, 2016

Flapper: My question is: what happens on election day? Do the upper fifty percent (in intelligence) not vote on these issues? In most cases around the U.S., the team outspends opposition 100 to 1 or more in advertising and promotion, and the public votes for the subsidy to the billionaire's team. Best, Don Bauder

May 28, 2016

Oh, some Gucci handbags were on sale that day (or the surf was up), so since my one vote doesn't count anyway . . .

May 28, 2016

Flapper: "...so since my one vote doesn't count anyway, I will let a billionaire pick my pocket." Best, Don Bauder

May 29, 2016

Ya gotta chump polling almost equal to a couple of Dems, with the apparent loser doing better in the polls against the chump. Looks like it's deres ta lose. And Dere determined to do dat.

May 28, 2016

Flapper: Please identify "the apparent loser." I couldn't pick one at this juncture. Best, Don Bauder

May 29, 2016

And healthy living for all.

May 24, 2016

shirleyberan: Add another former star to the CTE list. Bubba Smith, a Michigan State defensive standout and top draft pick, died in 2011 at age 66 and has been found to have suffered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Best, Don Bauder

May 25, 2016

Concussion move starring Will Smith was very well done and covers this topic very well. Read that Hollywood was pressured not to honor Concussion and Will Smith with Academy and other awards.

NFL has too much power...

May 26, 2016

SportsFan0000: There has also a scandal about ESPN bowing to pressure from the NFL. Best, Don Bauder

May 26, 2016

What if they gave a game and nobody came?

May 28, 2016

Flapper: It will be a long time before that will happen. Best, Don Bauder

May 28, 2016

Set the trend and let the timing figure itself out.

May 28, 2016

Flapper: Sorry. I don't have the clout or the guts to try to set trends. Best, Don Bauder

May 29, 2016

Bryan Herring: You have pinpointed the situation. The NFL claims it cares about players and retired players, but the record speaks otherwise. It never did anything about concussions until public pressure forced it to act. And its actions are not strong enough. Best, Don Bauder

June 1, 2016

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