With the latest results from the Boston University, many players, fans and football officials are wondering how these findings will impact how pros and children play alike. For those who have not read the study, Boston University researchers found 110 cases of CTE in the brains of 111 deceased football players. CTE is not necessarily caused by a single big hit or one concussion event. CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is accrued over numerous blows to the head over a lifetime. The degenerative disease is ruthless as victims slowly lose memory, control over their temperament and impulse. Currently, there is not a definite connection of how concussions relate to the development of CTE and lead researchers are attempting to fully understand any connection. So, what are football organizations doing to prevent these diseases from developing in younger players?
The PAC-12 commissioner, Larry Scott, explained “We’re going leverage our expertise to contribute to research in this area,” from the July 26th PAC-12 Media Day. When asked about the Boston CTE study findings, he noted that the PAC-12 is hosting a conference on sport-related concussions with the NCAA. Larry Scott was the first college sports commissioner to make $4 million dollars. While it is unclear what exactly the PAC-12 will do to encourage safer play in competition, it may not be long before players and industry experts come together to force rule changes to allow players to live healthier lives following their college or professional football careers.