Over 100 Football Players Sue NFL for Brain Injuries
CNN reports that more than 100 former professional football players are joining more than 1,500 other players who have filed suit against the NFL. The players allege that the League hid the dangers of concussions from them, causing injuries, accusing the league of "repeatedly refuting the connection between concussions and brain injury".
Recent studies have found a connection between concussions and traumatic encephalopathy, which is a neuro-degenerative disease that may cause Alzheimer's-like symptoms including memory loss, inability to concentrate, and psychological and emotional disturbances.
Traumatic Brain Injuries occur when the brain is accelerated and then rapidly decelerated within the skull. When that occurs, the soft brain is caused to collide with the bony and pointy parts of the skull, resulting in brain damage through axonal shearing. Axonal shearing may be localized or more diffuse, and thus various parts of the brain that control different functions may be affected even if a blow lands only on one part of the head.
The effects of brain damage caused by these types of coup-contre-coup brain injuries include memory loss, cognitive deficiencies, fatigue, headaches (both migraine and tension), psychological disorders, concentration problems, and other related problems.