According to ABC News on Friday, Brett Favre has become the latest former National Football League player to reveal he is suffering memory problems after spending 20 years on the playing field.
Quarterback Brett Favre played 321 straight games in the National Football League before retiring. He recently told Sports Talk 570 in Washington that he can't remember his daughter participating in youth soccer one summer, even though she played several games. That, and other memory lapses, have worried him.
CBS This Morning reports that during his career, Favre was sacked 525 times, experiencing an unknown number of concussions.
He has had several documented concussions, including the last play of his career with the Minnesota Vikings in 2010, which he described as so severe he didn't even know what team he was playing, according to CBS Sports.
"When I first started playing, those first 10 years, they didn't keep a log like they do now, so there's no telling," Favre said.
Of the 34 former NFL players who have died and donated their brains to research, the percentage of them who have pathologically confirmed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, is over 90 percent, according to a 2009 University of Michigan report.
The progressive degenerative brain disease has been found in athletes who have had multiple concussions or other brain trauma, but it can only be diagnosed after death. CTE causes dementia-like issues including memory loss, changes in mood like depression, problems with cognition, behaviors like confusion and aggression, and difficulty with motor abilities.
In addition, recent research suggests that repeatedly getting hit in the head can add up and cause neurological issues. Several studies have shown chronic cognitive impairment in people who participate in contact sports correlated to the number of concussions sustained and the number of years played.
A recent study showed that former NFL players who said they suffered from neurological problems because of their time on the field had more patterns of unusual brain activity than healthy individuals.
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