Encourage National Football League to Financially Support Scientists in Fight Against Brain Disease

Target: National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell

Goal: Partner with scientists who have recently made advances toward curing commonly diagnosed diseases among former football players and help them to create a better world for retired athletes.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been discovered in the brains of numerous deceased ex-football players. It is believed to be the degenerative brain condition that has led to many an early death among former NFL athletes. CTE was long thought to only be able to be diagnosed after death, but a recent study has been able to detect it in the brains of living, functioning ex-football players as well. As such, the NFL needs to partner with the requisite health sources to do whatever they can to ensure that the disease can be fought as hard as possible.

The study entailed a series of five brain scans on former NFL players and a test for the kind of protein that causes football-related brain injuries. The scans all revealed the protein for the first time ever in players who were still alive. As such, the scientists involved with the study believe that discovering a cure for CTE and other related brain injuries may not be far off.

Such a study was conducted using a patented brain-imagery tool that was able to find the specific protein that strangles brain cells and leads to CTE…and was backed by a $100,000 grant from the Brain Injury Research Institute. Imagine how much more progress could be made if the NFL made finding a cure for the disease a top financial priority.

The study suggested that increased findings with regard to the disease could help with testing on active football players, to show them how at risk they are for the disease and when they should retire so as not to potentially further the disease. This is the kind of information that could help save lives. It should be the NFL’s first and foremost financial priority. Encourage the NFL to finance scientists who are working to discover a cure for this deadly disease.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Commissioner Goodell,

It is a landmark day for sports science. Information has been gathered which might possibly lead to a cure being discovered for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, after many years of scientists believing it impossible to be cured in the living brain. What is most important now is the next step in the process.

The research study that helped discover these results received a $100,000 grant from a prominent health studies company, the Brain Injury Research Institute. It is impossible to determine how much more progress could be made with further financial backing from the NFL, but it is safe to say to guess “significantly more than none.” This is why your league needs to financially support these groups and these scientists who are working to create a cure for this devastating disease.

With more discoveries relating to the nature of this disease, scientists will be able to help the men who participate in your league live longer, fuller, and healthier lives during their playing careers as well as into retirement. This could be the biggest and most positive sports scientific breakthrough in many years…with your help. Financially support the men who are trying to make life better for your players, and you can be a part of this breakthrough.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Professional football is a billion-dollar industry that has the passionate support of millions of fans across the country. It’s not going anywhere. So why isn’t the NFL doing absolutely everything it can to help make its (extremely dangerous) sport safer?

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