The brains of college football players showed signs of “fraying” after a season of play

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For a large swath of Americans, fall means football. But, as in previous years, this season’s football has been mired in controversy

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Belonging

September 26, 2017

Longtime Baltimore Ravens fan, and composer of ‘Unseen’, via the JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics Program, Judah Adashi, continues his reflections on not watching NFL football in 2017 and the ethics of fandom in 21st century America

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Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end and a convicted murderer, was 27 when he committed suicide in April. Yet a posthumous examination of his brain showed he had such a severe form of the degenerative brain disease C.T.E. that the damage was akin to that of players well into their 60s

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Playing tackle football under the age of 12 exposes children to repetitive head impacts that may double their risk of developing behavioral problems and triple their chances of suffering depression later in life, according to a study published Tuesday in Nature magazine’s journal, Translational Psychiatry

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Longtime Baltimore Ravens fan, and composer of ‘Unseen’, via the JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics Program, Judah Adashi, considers the ethics of NFL fandom in 21st century America

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Researchers documented changes in the brains of young children playing just one season of football

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With several of its marquee players retiring early after a cascade of frightening concussions, the NFL formed a committee in 1994 that would ultimately issue a succession of research papers playing down the danger of head injuries. Now, an investigation by The New York Times has found that the NFL’s concussion research was far more flawed than previously known

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