Helmet-to-Helmet Contact: Avoiding a Lifetime Penalty by Creating a Duty to Scan Active NFL Players for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

  title={Helmet-to-Helmet Contact: Avoiding a Lifetime Penalty by Creating a Duty to Scan Active NFL Players for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy},
  author={Thomas Drysdale},
  journal={Journal of Legal Medicine},
  pages={425 - 452}
  • T. Drysdale
  • Published 1 October 2013
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Legal Medicine
On May 2, 2012, Junior Seau, one of the most talented and feared linebackers ever to play in the National Football League (NFL), died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Seau was only 43 years old and left behind three teenaged children. Less than a year later, in January of 2013, Seau’s family sued the NFL after tissue samples from Seau’s donated brain showed that he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), “a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head… 

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