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Scott Vermillion becomes the 1st American football player to be diagnosed with CTE | Launderer’s report

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Scott Vermillion is the first American footballer to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

By Andrew Keh of the New York Times, Boston University doctors made the discovery after examining Vermillion’s brain last year.

Vermillion, 44, died on Christmas Day in 2020. His family said, according to Keh, his official cause of death was acute alcohol and prescription drug poisoning after he “spent the last decade of his withdrawing from his family as he struggled with substance abuse and progressively erratic behavior.”

The ETC is a degenerative state of the brain would be caused by repeated head trauma. It has most often been linked to high collision sports, such as football, boxing, mixed martial arts and hockey.

A 2017 study published by Acta Neuropathological (via Reuters’ Ben Hirschler) found that football players who frequently use their head to pass and throw the ball may be at high risk for long-term brain damage.

The study focused on six deceased male footballers who had been diagnosed with dementia after a long playing career. Four of the six brains in the study showed signs of CTE.

Dr. Ann McKee, director of the CTE Center at Boston University, told Keh that football is “clearly a risk” for CTE.

A study published in 2019 by researchers at the University of Glasgow found that professional football players were around 3.5 times more likely than the general population to die from a neurodegenerative disease.

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Taylor Twellman, who played for the United States Men’s National Team from 2002 to 2008, said MedLinePlus.gov he suffered “six or seven diagnosed concussions. All but one of the concussions knocked me out.”

Twellman noted that the last concussion he suffered, in 2008, ended his career.

Brandi Chastain, former star of the United States Women’s National Team announcement in 2016, she donated her brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation after her death.

“I’m part of the question, why are we more sensitive to this?” said Chestnut. “If I could help get to the bottom of it, that’s great.”

Vermillion played in the United States U-17 team in 1992 and 1993 and in the Under-20 team in 1996. He also played four seasons in MLS from 1998 to 2001 with the Kansas City Wizards , Colorado Rapids and DC United.