THIS is the aspect that is most likely to damage / change the future of football, imo - parents not encouraging (or even allowing) their boys to play.
Some people are immune to good advice.
Not sure if this was stated in the original article, but did this research include NON-football players? I mean, I could have this protein in my brain and I have never played a down of tackle football in my life! Now flag and two-hand touch--that's a different story.
My point is, there are thousands and thousands of people who suffer from neurological diseases who never played sports. What does the research say about that?
This research takes an innovative approach in findings these proteins and finding patterns fitting with CTE in the brains of football players with and without long term cognitive effects from concussion(s). It is needed preliminary research. Subsequent research will need to confirm this early research and answer other questions such as those you pose here. In other words, still a lot of work to do on this one.
Roll Tide Roll!!!
My son played football a couple times but was never really into it. I'm really glad he has no desire to play anymore. He wrestles for his high school team, so he gets a pretty good workout doing that.