UNC Study: Former NFL Players Plagued By Cognitive IssuesPosted on Aug 19, 2010
NFL player Jimmie Giles was in the game for many years before retiring to run a financial business and enjoy the money and fame that came with being a successful professional athlete. But the man, 55, suffers from a variety of serious health problems, including arthritis, joint problems, and cognitive issues. Giles said that he had to shut down his business in 2007 because he couldn’t concentrate on his work and sometimes forgot where he was or what he was doing. Giles said he had at least a dozen concussions during his football career and that he would never had played at all had he known the long-term health consequences of the game.
All in all, 62 percent of all retired football players say that they felt mentally worse off than other people their age who were not professional athletes. And almost half say that they wouldn’t choose the same career path if they had known the mental and physical consequences of playing football long-term.