The NFL has long claimed that the lack of tangible data on concussions and former players meant further action on youth head injuries was beyond their purview, but no more: An NFL-commissioned study reveals that former NFL players have much, much higher rates of dementia and other head-trauma related injuries than the rest of the population.â†µ
Which, you know: duh. Getting hit in the head is bad for you. Concussions need to be treated. These are not particularly revelatory points. But if this study means the NFL is closer toward leading the way on treatment of concussions — especially among youth players, who aren’t even ruining their brains for money yet — then it doesn’t matter if this stuff is already obvious. The study will be a positive all the same.