Dozens of times since beginning their work on the brains of former football players, boxers and military members who suffered repeated blows to the head, researchers have announced their findings with slides of damaged tissue. Researchers presented strong words about the danger of concussions and perhaps a call for sports officials to take the issue more seriously.
At a Boston University medical conference on Thursday, doctors put a human touch on the often clinical diagnoses, announcing to a room stocked with family members of CTE casualties that former Patriots and Eagles fullback Kevin Turner — the lead plaintiff in the NFL’s concussion lawsuit — also was a victim of the disease.
“There’s people there, not just brains,” said Tamara Alan, executive director of the Kevin Turner Foundation. She choked back tears to thank the researchers for their work.
With Turner’s parents in the crowd, neuropathologist Ann McKee said the former Alabama and NFL star had the most severe form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a traumatic brain disease linked to repeated hits to the head. CTE likely caused the Lou Gehrig’s disease that killed Turner in March at the age of 46, according to McKee. Read More