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January 29, 2020

Concussions Linked With Erectile Dysfunction in Football Player Study

JAMA. 2020;323(7):597-598. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.21883

The Super Bowl generates gut-busting menus, fierce rivalries, and possibly some unexpected health consequences for the game’s players. A recent JAMA Neurologystudy found that the more concussion symptoms former National Football League (NFL) players had during their careers, the more likely they were to have been prescribed medication for low testosterone levels or erectile dysfunction (ED) later in life. Knowing that head injuries may cause sexual dysfunction could help more men and their physicians overcome the stigma of ED and talk about treatment.