Concern has been growing that repetitive concussions may lead to chronic neurologic health problems later in life. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a neurodegenerative disease — has been reported in post-mortem studies of former NFL football players. Despite extensive media coverage, however, questions remain regarding the relationship between concussions and long-term health issues, and whether these can be prevented.
Building on more than a decade of investigations into the acute and chronic effects of sport-related concussions and sub-concussive blows, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital are collaborating with four other leading organizations to study former NFL players and their long-term neurological health, with the ultimate goal of improving player safety and quality of life for athletes of all ages.
We are currently recruiting former NFL players to participate in this study.
We are investigating 1) ways of diagnosing CTE during life and 2) several treatments with the potential to improve health and quality of life for former players and young athletes. In addition, as part of this five-year study we are assessing the association between concussion, sub-concussive blows, CTE, and clinical outcomes. We hope to provide former players, current athletes, coaches and parents more clarity on the potential relationship between concussive brain injury and long-term health outcomes.
Through this research, we aim to help former NFL players experiencing neurological issues and develop knowledge that will help young athletes who play football and other high-impact sports.
If you are a former NFL player and want to learn more about participating in the NFL-LONG study, please fill out the form below.
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The Sports Concussion Clinic is the leading research-based sports concussion program in the nation. Our physicians treat over 1,000 athletes with concussions every year and are leaders in establishing safe guidelines for returning to play after a concussion. Using the knowledge gained through our extensive experience and research, we have helped set standards in the management of concussion recovery that hospitals around the country have started to implement.