Brain Disease Found In Nearly All Deceased Football Players Involved In Study

'Punch Drunk': The Brains of 202 Football Players, 177 Cases of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

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On the other hand, relatively little is known about CTE and the condition can't be diagnosed in players until their brain can be autopsied after death.

After analyzing a sample of over 200 deceased athletes who played football, researchers found that 177 of them (87%) showed signs of a unsafe brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Safety advocates have long decried contact sports like hockey and football for causing irreparable, long-term damage to athletes at all levels.

Dr. McKee and her colleagues at CTE Center at Boston University and VA Boston Healthcare System, received the former players' brains through a research donation program that their families elected to participate in. Webster's brain was donated for study after his death largely in part to family members wanting to understand the severe personality changes in Webster after his retirement from the NFL.

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Korte, who played for the New Orleans Saints from 1983 to 1989, is now 57 years old, and says sometimes, he notices symptoms of CTE in himself.

Former NFL player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is suspected of having suffered with CTE (Picture: Steven Senne/Pool/Prensa Int/REX/Shutterstock)What are the symptoms of CTE? All the participants were exposed to a relatively similar type of repetitive head trauma while playing the same sport.

We took an online poll and asked parents if this recent CTE would affect their decision to let their child play football.

"The medical and scientific communities will benefit from this publication and the National Football League will continue to work with a wide range of experts to improve the health of current and former National Football League athletes". The symptoms include memory loss, confusion, depression and dementia.

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Shepard also said he expects his 14-month-old son to grow up wanting to play football. The NCAA settled a class-action concussion lawsuit previous year, agreeing to spend $75 million on medical monitoring of college athletes and prevention research.

Veteran NFL offensive lineman Joe Berger reacted with ambivalence to a published report Tuesday than reports more than 99 percent of brains from decreased from NFL players examined showed chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

"I know I'm suffering through it, and it's been a struggle and I feel for all the guys out there that are going through this", said Wycheck, 45. Of the 14 deceased players who only played in high school, three showed mild cases of CTE. He believes the league and the players are becoming more concerned with the after effects of the game and possibilities of developing CTE in the years after leaving the game.

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