MRI's Reveal A Correlation Between Football Positions And Brain Injury
Whether you’re a die-hard fan or dedicated fantasy football coach, the NFL football season is the talk of the town during the fall season. While we love the entertainments and sense of tradition are providing, the harmful effects are being researched more in-depth using MRI brain scans.
An NFL Funded Study
Numerous studies have shown that former NFL players suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly referred to as CTE. This brain injury is more severe than traditional concussions and is caused by repeated blows to the head.
A recent NFL study took a closer look at the correlation between CTE and specific positions. The study utilized MRI technology to examine the brains of ex-football players to see if the position and career duration had an effect on the likeliness of brain injury.
This study discovered that the brain MRI’s of collegiate and professional players that were non-speed positions like linemen. These positions specifically had more damage to their frontal white matter which is the part of the brain where CTE occurs. It was unclear if the duration of the career affected the factors that led to serious brain injury.
Another CTE Study
This NFL funded study delved deeper into another study that found that 99% of former NFL players had CTE. In the 111 tested brains, 110 of the brain MRI’s revealed signs of CTE. This study also revealed that the level of play directly increased the chances of CTE in former players. High school football players were less likely to have CTE than professional players.
These MRI studies help provide answers to important questions involving football brain injuries that experts have been asking for years. We love how MRI’s can not only help our patients, but they also can provide researchers with information about important problems. If you need an Open MRI for an area of concern, feel free to schedule an Open MRI appointment.