According to National Conference of State Legislatures(NCSL), “a traumatic brain injury is a disruption of the brain due to a bump, blow, jolt or penetrating head injury.” Although most of these injuries occur primarily from car accidents and blunt force trauma to the head, the link between football and brain injuries continues to rise. In a recent study, researchers discovered that out of the 111 brains analyzed from deceased NFL players, 110 of them tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disorder associated with repeated hits to the head over a period of time.
This means that professional athletes who play in the NFL are at greater risk because they’re more susceptible to concussions and other brain-related injuries. Today’s NFL is nothing like it was two decades ago. In other words, today’s players, like Eddie Lacy, are bigger, stronger, faster, and in better shape than ever before. They have bodies of steel, and every muscle in their body has been fine-tuned for maximum performance by coaches and training staff members. But no matter how many hours athletics spend training on the football field, there are some parts of the body that will never be able to withstand constant twist (joints), collisions (bones), and hits above the neck (brain).
Within the past year, the NFL has finally acknowledged for the first time the link between football and CTE after denying it for years. Now they are getting hit with countless lawsuits from former players who filed for personal injury lawsuit and compensation claims.