Finally a study not telling us to bubble wrap our kids
This is big: large study, good controls, just wish they'd had data on sports actually played, but that's harder to come by. The only disturbing facet is suicide attempts, football vs. other sports. (Seems other sports reduce later suicide attempts, football doesn't, vs. no sports.)
One thing I like is that the authors of the study point out TONS of other research lately showing no connection. This was a massive study. There have been others. You just don't hear about them because it's a classic case of "dog bites man."
The problem is that the Concussion Center at Boston University is bankrolled by some high profile clients who use the research to wage a PR war on the NFL and NCAA, and the BU people are very well connected and know how to get press for "man bites dog" fear mongering.
This story has been more or less buried, while the next time Boston U diagnoses CTE in a dead NFL player (and they always will, because that's what their livlihood depends on), it'll be plastered everywhere along with a bunch of handwringing about the dangers of the game.
Nevermind that the only researchers who've been beating the CTE horse are Boston U and Bennett Omalu, who both care more about fame and attention than science or medicine.
Omalu and Nowinski had a falling out. My guess is that both want the money and there is only so much right now. Their actions don’t seem to reflect those of scientists looking for the truth.
Omalu has had a falling out with just about everyone he's ever worked with. Blaming flat tires and broken washing machines on ghosts and talking about how you swore an oath of vengeance on the brain of a dead NFL player, among other crazy comments, is just the tip of the iceberg with that guy.