In recent years, more information has come to light about the devastating effects of brain injuries on professional and amateur athletes—especially football players. Despite a greater understanding of these injuries, experts say they expect the problem to get worse before it gets better.
Researchers discovered trauma to the brain can result in the victim developing a disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which can result in the victim displaying symptoms such as:
- Memory Loss
- Mood Swings
- Changes in Behavior
A total of 5,000 former and current players for the National Football League (NFL) recently settled a lawsuit that claimed league officials failed to warn them of the serious impact repeat traumatic brain injuries could have on their health. Despite this result, experts say more players will suffer such injuries.
According to KBTX News, one expert said she had identified the disease in the brains of athletes as young as age 18. With players developing the disease before they hit their prime, more cases can be expected in the future. The disease continues to develop even if the athlete quits the game and never suffers another blow to the head.
At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, our team of College Station personal injury attorneys wants to remind you and your loved ones to always wear a helmet during contact sports.