NFL To Fund Study Link Between Concussions & Brain Damage

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The controversy over the long-term effects of concussions continue, as the NFL announced Saturday (Oct. 24) that it will help fund new research on the suspected link between sports-related concussions and long-term brain degeneration.

According ESPN, the agreement with the London-based International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation will focus on retired jockeys, who suffer far greater rates of brain trauma than even football players.

Michael Turner, medical director of the Concussion Foundation, said that research will begin in January, and would investigate the suspected link between concussions and the onset of incurable brain degenerative disease CTE, short for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which can be definitively diagnosed only after death.

In 2013, the NFL reached a $765 million settlement with thousands of former players who sued the league, complaining of various conditions involving brain damage and degeneration.