Another study has come out further illustrating the devastating possibilities resulting from football-related concussions.
The latest report on pbs.org shows that 87 out of 91 deceased NFL players that were tested came up positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The new figures are from researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University.
The report acknowledges that the figures are not perfect:
“Brain scans have been used to identify signs of CTE in living players, but the disease can only be definitively identified posthumously. As such, many of the players who have donated their brains for testing suspected that they had the disease while still alive, leaving researchers with a skewed population to work with.”
The news can only raise additional awareness of the serious nature of concussions.
In December, Sony pictures is set to release “Concussion.” The movie stars Will Smith as forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, who uncovered the fatal effects of repeated head trauma suffered by many NFL players.
Just last month, a study of 40 former NFL players between the ages of 40 and 65 found that those who began playing tackle football before the age of 12 faced a higher risk of altered brain development than those who waited until they were older.
In March, promising San Francisco 49ers rookie Chris Borland retired from the NFL rather than assume the risk of ending up as another cautionary tale of the long-term effects of concussions.
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