Brain dam­age af­fects 99% of de­ceased NFL play­ers: Study

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Wash­ing­ton, United States - As a new Amer­i­can foot­ball sea­son is set to be­gin, re­searchers ex­am­in­ing the brains of de­ceased Na­tional Foot­ball League (NFL) play­ers have found that 99 per­cent of them showed signs of de­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease - be­lieved to be caused by re­peated blows to the head.

Re­searchers found strik­ing ev­i­dence of chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy in 110 of the 111 do­nated brains of play­ers who played in the Na­tional Foot­ball League, ac­cord­ing to the study pub­lished on Tues­day in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

CTE causes symp­toms in­clud­ing mem­ory loss, ver­tigo, de­pres­sion and de­men­tia. Prob­lems can crop up years af­ter a player’s ca­reer has ended. The NFL has faced grow­ing scru­tiny in re­cent years linked to the is­sue of con­cus­sions and head trauma, with the league agree­ing in 2015 on a US$1bn set­tle­ment to re­solve thou­sands of law­suits by for­mer play­ers suf­fer­ing from neu­ro­log­i­cal prob­lems.

Along with NFL play­ers, re­searchers also ex­am­ined the brains of those who had played in high school, col­lege, semipro­fes­sion­ally and in the Cana­dian Foot­ball League.

Of the to­tal 202 play­ers ex- amined, the au­thors of the study from Boston Univer­sity found that 87 per cent of the play­ers - whose me­dian age at death was 66 years old - showed signs of CTE.

“These find­ings sug­gest that CTE may be re­lated to prior par­tic­i­pa­tion in foot­ball and that a high level of play may be re­lated to sub­stan­tial dis­ease bur­den,” the study au­thors wrote.

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