NFL: One Quarter Of Players Wind Up With Brain Damage
The National Football League says a quarter of its players eventually get dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease or other cognitive disabilities.
The report said 28 percent of the “overall player population” and a third of the 5,000 plaintiffs who sued the league, will be diagnosed with cognitive impairment during their lifetime, according to the court filings.
The chances of players developing these problems “are materially higher than those expected in the general population,” the lawyers’ summary of the report said. Players will develop these diagnoses “at notably younger ages than the general population,” the summary said.
In 2013, the NFL agreed to pay more than $760 million to settle a lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 former players who had sued the league, accusing it of hiding the dangers of brain injury while profiting from the sport’s violence.
In June, the league agreed to remove a $675 million ceiling it had placed on payments to former players.[su_csky_ad]