Summary of “FIFA’s CTE Problem: Are Soccer Regulators Doing Enough to Prevent Brain Injuries? – Rolling Stone”

“In a statement to Rolling Stone, a FIFA spokesperson said that for the ongoing 2018 World Cup,”all team doctors took part in a workshop where they were provided with detailed information and guidelines concerning the proper handling of potential concussion incidents during the competition.
“I gave up trying to talk to FIFA years ago. They aren’t interested in dialogue. If FIFA won’t listen on concussions, they certainly won’t listen on long-term issues like CTE.”.
Indeed on the issue of CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, an impact trauma-linked brain disease, FIFA has been largely silent.
In the coming months and years, FIFA brass can expect more people trying to show them photos of ruined brains from the growing scientific literature linking impact sports – including American football, boxing, hockey and rugby – to heightened risk of degenerative brain disease later in life, in particular CTE. According to research conducted at the Mayo Clinic, nearly a third of impact-sport athletes have traces of CTE when they die, compared to 12 percent of the general population over the age of 60.
The day after the publication of her study, a FIFA spokesman called the study “Inconclusive” and flatly told Agence France-Presse, “Football does not belong to the high-risk sports for brain and head injuries. To our very best knowledge, there is currently no true evidence of the negative effect of heading or other sub-concussive blows.”
“FIFA takes its responsibility with regards to the issue of head and brain injuries very seriously,” the FIFA spokesperson said.
Only in March of 2016 did an NFL medical official publically concede a link between playing football and heightened risk of developing CTE. FIFA has been more focused on the money to be made in the globalization and promotion of football.
“A huge number of former players struggle with mental and physical health issues. In the past, FIFA has been reluctant to collaborate with us, but if the research [on CTE] becomes conclusive, our duty is to the players, not the owners.”

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