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New Understanding of the Brain May Save the NFL, or it May Not

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The human brain is immeasurably complex, though those who study it have come up with new ways to understand damage to the brain and its impact on human behavior. Of particular importance has been the intersection between brain science and sports. With more and more NFL players showing signs of brain trauma after their playing days, and with more being diagnosed with CTE, brain searchers have been looking for ways to use their craft to help with the situation. With this in mind, neuroscience curriculum development has come a long way. Students and teachers alike may just be coming up with new ways to help NFL players. They may also be finding developments that will make it difficult for football to exist in its current form.

The changes to brain science teaching has focused more on diagnosis and examination. It is currently difficult to diagnose many brain diseases while the person is still alive. While one can believe that a patient has CTE or dementia, the only way to truly know is to cut the brain open and conduct a test. This is not possible until the patient dies, so researchers can only study the disease after the fact. More and more people are looking for ways to help patients while they are still living. With this, brain science curricula are seeking new means of living diagnoses.

What might result from these studies remains unsure. As students learn more from their teachers about how to diagnose brain trauma in the living, it might help sports leagues and teams better treat their players. It might also expose the extent to which football and other sports are damaging the brains of the men and women who play those sports. While it may just help to save sports from an unfortunate end, there also exists the possibility that new advances in brain science teaching will bring about the end of pro football as society knows it today.

Whatever the result may be, those study the human brain are looking forward to finding the truth. What happens from there is not in the hands of the people designing research studies or those learning about the brain. With the truth known about the effects of blunt force trauma on long-term brain development, people will be able to make better informed decisions about whether their children play sports. Grown men will be better able to weigh their options when deciding to play a sport for money.