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    Yesterday I read on-line the obituary of 1950's Packer great all-pro safety Bobby Dillon. He was reported to have had dementia. (Of course at 89 years of age in could have been "normal" dementia.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by KDFINE View Post
    Alzheimers and soccer, Ray Wilson, Nobby Stiles, Danny Blanchflower readily come to mind. Fortunately the ball isn't as hard as it was 50 year's ago.
    I've headed the old school leather balls more than I ever do with synthetic balls nowadays; and the former were much harder and a bit heavier (have FIFA's specs changed over the years?) - what's more, when the game was played in the rain the old balls tended to absorb water in a way which modern balls don't, which significantly increased their actual weight. In a word, modern balls are much easier on the head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xw
    I've headed the old school leather balls
    What about the ones that still had laces? It left nice tattoos on your face .
    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
    by Thomas Henry Huxley
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    As long as gray matter doesn't start oozing out, we're good!
    Uh, isn't that the kind of thinking that got us here??
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    Quote Originally Posted by bad hammy View Post
    Uh, isn't that the kind of thinking that got us here??
    Pretty much!
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    A new ad compares playing tackle football to smoking.

    https://newschannel9.com/news/local/...ll-concussions
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    It's interesting to note that the latest study from Boston University (Dr. McKee's team), cited from the link above, now has an updated set of data that lists "223 of 266 participants met neuropathological diagnostic criteria for CTE" - a few years ago it was closer to 100%; and the interpretation is that "the odds of CTE double every 2.6 years of football played."

    It seems that Chris Borland and John Urschel have done very well to mitigate their risk before it's too late.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KDFINE View Post
    Alzheimers and soccer, Ray Wilson, Nobby Stiles, Danny Blanchflower readily come to mind. Fortunately the ball isn't as hard as it was 50 year's ago.
    Results of new study on dementia and retired pros:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50124102
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    Here is the abstract of the original study from NEJM - https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.105...=featured_home
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    It's somewhat unfair to lay CTE entirely at the feet of the NFL when most players have been playing organized tackle football for at least 10 years before they ever play a down in the NFL. I was 11 years old the first time I got my "bell rung". Shouldn't the NCAA, the 50 state athletic associations and the hundreds of local little leagues all share the blame?
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