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12-06-2011, 08:01 PM
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CTE research is ridiculously early in its lifespan. They basically know what the physical condition is and little else.

They believe it is linked to brain trauma, but there have not been enough control groups to know this. Without control groups, all you have is a trend rather than actual conclusions.

They believe it causes behavioral changes, but they have no way of proving this without a way to measure the condition in progress. For all we know, people who are in complete control of their mental and physical abilities could have CTE. They haven't been studied, so we have no idea.

The research is very, very interesting, but it's disingenuous of the scientists to say they can draw any conclusions about how it might have impacted Boogaard now or in the future. All they can say is he had a physical change in his brain that might be related to repeated brain trauma.

The most damning part of the article to me was the prescription drug issues with both the Wild and the Rangers, neither of whom seemed to have great coordination with their team doctors.

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