Hey, see, Pats,
look, we’re on TV. Hey, Murph! Oh, where is that
Stephen A. Smith? I’ve always wanted
to kick his ass. The NFL claims to take
concussions seriously. But the rate of diagnosed
concussions keeps rising, and those are just
the ones we know about. The truth is,
our national conversation about brain injuries
in football misses the point entirely, because concussions are
just the tip of the iceberg. Huh, what’s happening? Oh, I changed the prompter,
just go with it. The brain disorder found
in football players is called Chronic Traumatic
Encephalopathy or CTE, and here’s the hard truth. It’s not just caused
by concussion– wait, really? Yes, really. It’s also caused
by the tiny run-of-the-mill hits that happen dozens
of times a game. Plays like this one. Ooh, that was unremarkable. This one… Booyah!
Those are common. Or even this one… Howzah! I’m snorin’
because that was boring. Exactly, these are totally
routine tackles and plays that happen
over and over again in every game,
especially to linemen. But research now shows that
even little hits like these cause CTE, which can lead
to lifelong memory loss, depression, aggression, dementia, anxiety,
and even suicide. Hold up, hot shot. How do tiny little baby hits
like that cause dementia? Good question– let’s go
to the premier expert in this field,
Dr. Ann McKee, Professor of Neurology
at Boston University and Director
of the CTE Center. Thanks for
joining us, Ann. Thanks, Adam. Unfortunately, it’s true. CTE isn’t just caused
by concussions. It’s also caused by the small
sub-concussive hits that build up over time. If you play football
at any level, the chronic hits to the head
will cause brain damage. Well, that’s easy,
why don’t they just
build better helmets? That will never work. When the body
and head suddenly stop, the brain stretches, breaking
its internal structures. Unless you can fit
a helmet inside your skull, there is no way to stop it.