When you sign up to play football, you know there’s a chance you might get hurt.
A new study, however, appears to confirm that for players who reach the highest levels of the sport, “chance” might be substantially higher than previously estimated, and the concept of “hurt” might be better understood as “sustaining potentially irreversible brain damage.”
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A team of Boston University researchers, including Ann McKee, a prominent neuropathologist, examined the brains of 202 former football players for signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The degenerative disease is caused by repetitive head trauma from concussive and sub-concussive blows and has been linked to the sport after being discovered in the brains of former players (CTE can only be diagnosed via autopsy). Read more…
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