Most NFL Players Have A Poor Vocabulary – Part 1 of 3
Most NFL Players Have A Poor Vocabulary. In a stinting study of former NFL players, about one quarter were found to have “mild cognitive impairment,” or problems with theory and memory, a rate slightly higher than expected in the general population. Thirty-four ex-NFL players took part in the study that looked at their mental function, depression symptoms and brain images and compared them with those of men who did not monkey business professional or college football. The most common deficits seen were difficulties finding words and poor verbal memory.
Twenty players had no symptoms of impairment. One such participant was Daryl Johnston, who played 11 seasons as fullback for the Dallas Cowboys. During his accomplished career as an offensive blocker, Johnston took countless hits to the head. After he retired in 2000, he wanted to be proactive about his brains health, he told university staff.
All but two of the ex-players had experienced at least one concussion, and the average number of concussions was four. The players were between 41 and 79 years old. The enquiry was published online Jan 7, 2013 in the JAMA Neurology. The current study provides clues into the brain changes that could induce to these deficits among NFL athletes, and why they show up so many years after the head injury, said study author Dr John Hart Jr, medical science director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Hart and his colleagues did advanced MRI-based imaging on 26 of the retired NFL players along with 26 of the other participants, and found that one-time players had more damage to their brain’s white matter. White pith lies on the inside of the brain and connects different gray matter regions. “The damage can occur from head injuries because the brain is shaken or twisted, and that stretches the white matter”.