What Can the NFL Do To Protect Players in the Wake of Chris Henry’s CTE?

July 2, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Deceased Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which is a form of brain damage that likely resulted from too many hits to the head.
CTE was first reported in 1928 when it was known as "dementia pugilistica" because it was believed to only affect boxers.
Early on, CTE sufferers may display clinical symptoms such as memory impairment, emotional instability, erratic behavior, depression and problems with impulse control.
Henry died at the age of 26 when he fell out of the bed of a truck being driven by his girlfriend. His death was ruled accidental.
CTE develops after repeated hits to the brain (not just a single blow), which rules out the possibility of his fatal fall causing the disorder.
According to the Sean Leahy of the USA Today , doctors at the Brain Injury Research Center at West Virginia University examined Henry’s brain and reached the conclusion in their analysis.
Henry is the youngest person...

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