Heads up football players!
A new study has revealed that a deadly disease found in 99% Of NFL football players’ brains.
Citing a study published in the medical journal JAMA, chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE was found in 99% of deceased NFL players’ brains that were donated to scientific research.
Furthermore, CTE is a neurodegenerative brain disease found in individuals who have been exposed to repeated head trauma.
According to health experts CTE sufferers, abnormal tau proteins build up in the brain. This buildup has the ability to disable neuropathways, which can lead to many clinical symptoms.
However, here’s the catch, the only way to formally diagnose CTE is through an autopsy.
Dr. Ann McKee, director of Boston University’s CTE Center and the co-author of this new study, said there’s no question that there’s a problem in football. That people who play football are at risk for this disease.”
“And we urgently need to find answers for not just football players, but veterans and other individuals exposed to head trauma,” McKee said.
This recent study is the largest of its kind. Criteria for submitting a brain for the study included exposure to repetitive head trauma due to football, regardless of whether or not the person showed symptoms of CTE while they were alive. The study does acknowledge a lack of a comparison group, but out of 202 deceased former football players, CTE was diagnosed in 177.
The study findings said CTE was found in 110 out of 111 former NFL players, along with 14 high school football payers and 48 out of 53 college football players. The study included Ken Stabler, Kevin Turner, Bubba Smith and Dave Duerson – football players who were publicly confirmed to have had the disease.
According to a study published in the medical journal JAMA, chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE was found in 99% of deceased NFL players’ brains that were donated to scientific research. CTE is a neurodegenerative brain disease found in individuals who have been exposed to repeated head trauma.
Currently, researchers are studying whether or not there are any genetic risk factors of the disease and possible ways to prevent CTE.
“It certainly can be prevented and that’s why we really need to understand how much exposure to head trauma and what type of head trauma the body can sustain before it gets into this irreversible cascade of events,” McKee explained.
In 2016, when NFL acknowledged a connection between football and CTE .
“The medical and scientific communities will benefit from this publication and the NFL will continue to work with a wide range of experts to improve the health of current and former NFL athletes.” the NFL said in a statement.