Matt Storin '64 | November 9, 2015
Boston University never played Notre Dame in football and, in fact, dropped the sport in 1997. Yet the large, private research institution on the banks of the Charles River is presenting a disturbing challenge for Notre Dame and all of organized football from Pop Warner to the NFL.
Researchers at BU believe they have established a definitive link between repetitive blows to the head, as experienced by many football players, and the onset of degenerative brain disease, specifically Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Not all neurological scientists agree with some or all of BU’s conclusions. “There are lots of skeptics, but also there are many [researchers] who have absolutely no problem with it,” says Dr. Ann McKee, director of Boston University’s CTE Center. “As far as the basic concept, that’s accepted.”