Research Says 99% Former NFL Players Suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
CTE- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease is identified in 110 out of 111 former players of NFL players. Researchers examined the brains of players that were donated for special researches. According to the study published on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in The Journal of the American Medical Association ninety nine percent of the player’s brains were identified with CTE- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.
In all, out of 202 former NFL players, this degenerative brain disease was identified in eighty seven percent of the players. The number also includes college, high school, NFL, semipro and Canadian football league players. The study is supposed to be the biggest study conducted to identify brain trauma and CTE in football players and was led by a team of researchers from VA Boston Healthcare System combined with Boston University.
A neuropathologist from the Boston University, Ann Mckee mentioned in an interview that this study has become an incredible resource for research. Ann Mckee is also a co-author of the study about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in football players. She added that “all tissues were donated very generously. But it’s not just a treasure. It has been used by experienced researchers to identify diseases and to help detect a disease when the person is alive.”
The report extracted from the study states that extreme level of play can be a reason for significant disease burden and that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) can probably be associated with prior participation is games like football. The study also states that twenty seven percent of people suffering from nominal amount of CTE (Stage one or two) committed suicide. This also happens to be the most common reason for their death. Out of twenty seven participants who were identified with mild CTE, twenty six of them had mood or behavioral issues before they died.
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