New UNC center plans intensive studies of retired athletes suffering disabilities

CHAPEL HILL - More than 61 percent of retired professional football players suffered concussions during their playing days, a national survey of players shows. Of those injured by hard blows to the head, 30 percent sustained three or more concussions, 15 percent five or more and 73 percent reported never having been restricted from play following the head trauma.

The National Football League Players Association and Dr. Julian Bailes, chair of neurosurgery at West Virginia University School of Medicine, conducted the poll between 1996 and 1997 and received responses from 1,094 ex-athletes, said Dr. Keven Guskiewicz of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who recently re-analyzed responses to develop new data. Retired players ranged in age from 27 to 86 when asked about past injuries.

Guskiewicz, research director of UNC's new Center for the Study of Retired Athletes, and other experts have begun working closely with the players association to reduce debilitating injuries among athletes and lifelong disabilities.

"This is interesting data, some of it not yet published, that we are planning to update with a new, more rigorous scientific survey by May 25," said Guskiewicz, also director of the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory at UNC. "Hundreds of athletes retire every year, many of whom were forced to abuse their bodies throughout a career that likely caused them to play injured on occasion. Many of these individuals have aged physically and mentally well beyond what is expected for a person in mid-life. Many are now left questioning how fortunate they were to have played the sport."

Other findings from the re-analysis were that 47 percent of respondents who played football between one and nine years were concussed at least once and more than two-thirds of those who played 20 or more years were injured that way.

"More than 51 percent of those responding had been knocked unconscious at least once, and almost 10 percent had more than fi

Contact: David Williamson
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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