Nationwide Soccer League huge receiver Vincent Jackson had stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, earlier than his loss of life, his household stated.
Jackson, who performed for the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers throughout his time within the NFL, was discovered useless earlier this 12 months in a Florida lodge room on the age of 38.
His mind was donated to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, which researches CTE and reported Thursday that Jackson had stage 2 CTE. The debilitating mind illness is attributable to frequent hits to the pinnacle and may trigger melancholy, paranoia and reminiscence loss. In 2016, the NFL admitted there’s a hyperlink between enjoying soccer and the mind dysfunction.
“Vincent devoted a lot of his life to serving to others. Even in his passing, I do know he would wish to proceed that very same legacy,” Lindsey Jackson, Vincent’s widow, said in a statement to ESPN. “By donating his mind to the VA-BU-CLF Mind Financial institution, we hope to proceed to see developments in CTE analysis, enabling physicians to diagnose the illness within the dwelling and in the end discover therapy choices sooner or later.”
Jackson suffered from extreme signs of CTE, stated Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology for the VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the BU CTE Heart and VA-BU-CLF Mind Financial institution.
“Vincent Jackson was an excellent, disciplined, mild big whose life started to alter in his mid-30s,” McKee stated in an announcement. “He turned depressed, with progressive reminiscence loss, drawback fixing difficulties, paranoia, and ultimately excessive social isolation.”
“That [Jackson’s] mind confirmed stage 2 CTE ought to now not shock us; these outcomes have develop into commonplace,” McKee added. “What’s shocking is that so many soccer gamers have died with CTE and so little is being accomplished to make soccer, in any respect ranges, safer by limiting the variety of repetitive subconcussive hits. CTE is not going to disappear by ignoring it, we have to actively handle the chance that soccer poses to mind well being and to assist the gamers who’re struggling.”
CTE can presently solely be identified after an individual has died, and has been discovered within the brains of hundreds of NFL players and different athletes.