The 411 on the NFL and Head Trauma

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  • Common Symptoms of Concussions
  • What Do Concussions Do to the Brain?
  • The State of NFL Players’ Mental Health
  • CTE and Football Players
  • Suicide Rates
  • The NFL’s Defense
  • Former Players vs. the NFL
  • What’s the Hearing Supposed to Decide?
  • What Are Concussions?

The State of NFL Players’ Mental Health

Football players are also more likely to die from Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) than the general population, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs account for the majority of these deaths. 

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