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Bob Probert suffered severe brain trauma

Identical brain disease in football players led NFL to change its rules


 

NHL hockey legend Bob Probert spent 16 seasons on the ice as one of the toughest players in the league—by the end of the career he had fought (and won most of) some 246 fights. Probert died of heart failure last July, at the age of 45. Now, the New York Times is reporting that researchers at Boston University have found that Probert’s brain showed a degenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy—the same brain trauma that occurred in more than 20 deceased professional football players and prompted the NFL to change its rules to limit dangerous hits to the head. While the NHL has taken steps to reduce potential brain trauma, fighting has nonetheless remained a big part of the game. Probert is the first contemporary hockey player to show C.T.E. after death.

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Bob Probert suffered severe brain trauma

  1. Probert may be the first NHL player to show C.T.E. after death but no one was looking before.

  2. Probert may be the first NHL player to show C.T.E. after death but no one was looking before.

    • Sorry Reggie Flemming was also found to have C.T.E. after dying in 2009 at the age of 73 with dementia. He was also an enforcer type player from before mandatory use of helmets.

  3. Sorry Reggie Flemming was also found to have C.T.E. after dying in 2009 at the age of 73 with dementia. He was also an enforcer type player from before mandatory use of helmets.

  4. His wife blames it on checking, not fighting. I'm not one to bash a grieving widow but I think her stance will provide cover for some who want to maintain the status quo.

    Enough with the head shots. Also, enough with the goons and the fighting and the enforcers.

  5. His wife blames it on checking, not fighting. I'm not one to bash a grieving widow but I think her stance will provide cover for some who want to maintain the status quo.

    Enough with the head shots. Also, enough with the goons and the fighting and the enforcers.

  6. "…the same brain trauma that occurred in more than 20 deceased professional football players and prompted the NFL to change its rules to limit dangerous hits to the head."

    The same NFL that thinks it's a good idea to extend their season by two more games. Somehow, I don't think that league has player safety and long term health at the forefront of its thinking.

  7. "…the same brain trauma that occurred in more than 20 deceased professional football players and prompted the NFL to change its rules to limit dangerous hits to the head."

    The same NFL that thinks it's a good idea to extend their season by two more games. Somehow, I don't think that league has player safety and long term health at the forefront of its thinking.

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