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Chris Carter of Advanced Physicians and other researchers studied retired NFL players.

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CHICAGO, IL, June 03, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Chris Carter is Advanced Physicians' Chief Operating Officer. Advanced Physicians is a full service outpatient center specializing in physical therapy and rehabilitation, with locations in Chicago's southwest suburbs.

Chris Carter of Advanced Physicians has also conducted research into the effects of playing football on the human body. Much research has been devoted to studying the effects of this high impact sport on the human brain. Researchers at the University of California - Los Angeles, for example, have used a brain-imaging tool to identify the abnormal tau proteins associated with repetitive injuries such as concussions. The tau proteins are associated with Alzheimer's disease. The UCLA study involved five retired National Football League players who were still living. Previously, confirmation of the presence of the tau protein could only be established by an autopsy.

A recent study by Chris Carter of Advanced Physicians and his research colleagues focused on a different area. This research places emphasis on the orthopedic injuries sustained by professional football players, and the short-term and cumulative consequences over a player's lifetime.

"This study reports total whole-person impairment (WPI) percentages in a cohort of younger, retired NFL players," wrote Chris Carter of Advanced Physicians and his research colleagues and co-authors. These younger, retired players "presented for disability evaluations based on the use of standardized American Medical Association (AMA) impairment guidelines."

Professional American football is a physically demanding, high-impact sport, the study by Chris Carter of Advanced Physicians acknowledged. Playing brings with it an elevated risk of injury. Orthopedic injuries may impose acute, short-term or cumulative consequences throughout a player's lifetime. "Several studies have addressed health and psychosocial concerns of an older, retired population of players in the National Football League (NFL)," Chris Carter of Advanced Physicians and his colleagues wrote. "However, minimal research has examined the orthopedic toll on younger, retired players."

The study by Chris Carter of Advanced Physicians and his research associates concluded that there is, indeed, an orthopedic toll on these players. It was conducted over a period lasting about two and a half years. A total of sixty-five younger, retired NFL players were involved in the study. The former players had been out of pro football an average of about just over three years. Each underwent a complete physical examination and their medical histories were taken, in particular the trauma sustained to the players' joints on the football field. "The impairment data for each extremity were then combined with spine impairment data to create WPI percentage," the study by Chris Carter of Advanced Physicians and his research colleagues noted. "Player demographics, including age, position, and playing time, were also recorded."

Chris Carter of Advanced Physicians and his fellow researchers concluded that the degree of Whole Person Impairment in the injured joints of younger but retired players was high, due to the high-impact nature of the sport. They called for additional research into the long-term physical and quality of life factors related to high impairment percentages in these players.

As its Chief Operating Officer, Chris Carter of Advanced Physicians is all aspects of operations, and coordinates cases for its professional athletes.

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