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Brainwashed: The Bad Science Behind CTE and the Plot to Destroy Football

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The outcry surrounding CTE is missing something critical: the science to justify it.
When post-concussion syndrome forced star NFL running back Merril Hoge into early retirement in 1994, research on football-related head injuries wasn’t a priority. At the time, football was heavily influenced by a tough guy culture, and little was known about concussions and their potent
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published October 22nd 2018 by Amplify Publishing
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Even if one is not a football fan, that person will probably have heard about the deaths, some by suicide, of former football players who were suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Because of the studies that have been published about links between the collisions in football, concussions and CTE, some are concerned about the safety of the game, especially at the youth level. This book by Merril Hoge, a former NFL player and analyst, and Dr. Peter Cummings, a board-certified neur ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: football, netgalley
I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I am torn on this book. On one hand, it is positive to have a dissenting opinion to the current CTE and concussion rhetoric we currently have in football. Just because something is presented as a fact, does not mean that it is actually true. We need to explore all sides of an issue, not just form a mob with the introduction of the first piece of evidence. There is a definite bias in the reporting of concussions and a g
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good solid discussion on a misunderstood topic. Well balanced, solid scientific information. Any concerns about your kids or grandkids playing football read this, you coach football read this, did you play football read this, ever have a concussion read this.
Patrick Macke
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
The book advocates a "common sense" approach to the controversy surrounding tackle football and brain injuries that seems hard to refute ... unfortunately, our society doesn't value perspective any longer, doesn't want to compromise or find a middle ground, it only wants to view things from the polar extremes where drama, sensationalism and hysterics prevail, and since that's what sells, that's what politicians and the media manufacture ... decisions about football, about who should play and abo ...more
Paul Kraus
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Hoge offers a fantastic view based on not only his experience in the NFL, but the science and lack of science surrounding CTE. His book does a great job of laying out various case studies and research into what cause CTE, possible treatments, and precautions to take in language the everyday person can understand. Hoge includes questions for parents to ask youth football coaches at the end of the book. I would definitely recommend this book to any parent who is debating letting their children pla ...more
Delanie Ensign
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Good learning experience about concussions and CTE.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good insight to misleading information from BU but also proposed alternatives that have similar issues
Don Shelbourne
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book presenting an objective look at head injury in football unlike presented in League of Denial. Good recommendations and before you condemn football read this book
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book provides an excellent critique of the hasty conclusions regarding CTE, and asks very important questions.
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Merril Hoge is a former professional football player. He played eight seasons at running back for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears. He is currently a sportscaster for ESPN television. ...more

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