In a recent interview with Brad Means on the set of “The Means Report”, Cam McCarthy — a graduate student and researcher at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, gave insight into research he’s done involving the impact trauma on the football field has on heart health. According to research he has done with the guidance of Dr. Clinton Webb, the chair of the Department of Physiology at the Medical College of Georgia, McCarthy has found a link between the physical trauma that puts professional football players at risk for degenerative brain disease and the risk for hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
McCarthy explains that frequent hits, especially the ones frontline defenders experience, continually activates the body’s natural defense system and producers chronic inflammation that can drive blood pressure up. He believes that the repeated hits in a single football game can drive up the player’s blood pressure. McCarthy also notes that it is not just football players that can fall victim to this risk. He says that any high impact sport or activity can cause similar responses.
The study by Cam McCarthy and Dr. Webb has also been supported by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health.