NFL Players Association, Harvard planning $100 million player study

By Stephanie Smith, CNN
updated 9:02 AM EST, Tue January 29, 2013

The San Francisco 49ers take on the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game on January 20, 2013.
The San Francisco 49ers take on the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game on January 20, 2013.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Players union negotiating with NFL to fund the study
  • It will look at variety of health issues faced by pro football players
  • Proposal is to study long-term health of 200 players

(CNN) — The National Football League Players Association is negotiating a deal with the league to award $100 million awarded to Harvard University over 10 years to study and treat players’ injuries and illnesses, according to a proposal obtained by CNN.

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NFL: PET Scan IDs Brain Damage in Players

By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Published: January 22, 2013
Reviewed by F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE; Instructor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner
A new imaging technique has allowed detection of tau protein abnormalities in the concussed brains of living retired football players that are identical to the autopsy findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in deceased athletes, researchers reported.

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