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Study Discovers New Signs of Brain Damage in NFL Players

By Alpert Schreyer on January 30, 2013

Athletes and soldiers are often at an increased risk of suffering a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) due to the severe and continual brain injuries they receive in their careers. Unfortunately, this condition has not been detectable until a victim has died, leaving them to suffer its mental and emotional effects without remedy. But a new study has found a way to detect CTE, giving medical professionals a chance to diagnose and treat the condition earlier in life, according to ­The New York Times.

The Calvert County traumatic brain injury lawyers at Alpert Schreyer have found that a new study that focused on five retired National Football League (NFL) players used positron emission tomography (PET) scans to find tau protein deposits in the brain. These proteins have been found in the brains of deceased players who had been suffering from CTE. The five NFL players were at least 45 years old and suffered from cognitive problems, mood swings, and depression.

Researchers hope that the PET scans, which use injections of a chemical marker to make the proteins visible during a brain scan, can aid in diagnosing brain damage so that proper treatment can begin as soon as possible. While the study only covered a small amount of people, many are seeing it as a strong first step to preventing future injuries, especially for NFL players. In recent years, football players have been the subject of much discussion concerning brain trauma and its effects.

Those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may encounter immediate problems that need medical attention as well as long-term problems with cognitive and emotional capabilities. At Alpert Schreyer, our legal team will pursue every avenue to help victims receive the maximum compensation possible so that they can recover to the best of their abilities. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent or reckless party, contact us online or call (844) 632-7274.

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