Brain dis­ease seen in most football play­ers in large re­port

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ABOVE: This com­bi­na­tion of photos shows sec­tions from a nor­mal brain, top, and from the brain of for­mer Univer­sity of Texas football player Greg Ploetz, bot­tom, in stage IV of chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, re­search on 202 for­mer football play­ers found ev­i­dence of a brain dis­ease linked to re­peated head blows in nearly all of them, from ath­letes in the Na­tional Football League, col­lege and even high school. LEFT: This file photo shows Ten­nessee Ti­tans tight end Frank Wy­check dur­ing a football game against the Bal­ti­more Ravens in Bal­ti­more. Wy­check wor­ries that con­cus­sions dur­ing his nine-year ca­reer have left him with chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy and he plans to do­nate his brain to re­search. “Some peo­ple have heads made of con­crete, and it doesn’t re­ally af­fect some of those guys,” he said. “But CTE is real.”

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