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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, July 28, 2017

CTE Diagnosed in 99% of Former NFL Players Studied by Researchers

104607861-GettyImages-489282168-mike-webster.530x298Of 111 former NFL players whose brains were donated for research purposes, 110 were diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Of the total 202 brains studied, 87% were diagnosed with the disease. The donated brains came from former high school, college, NFL, Canadian Football League, and semipro football players. The authors of the study wrote in a report: “The 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 also found that the most common cause of death among those diagnosed with mild form of CTE was suicide. Among those found to have more severe forms of CTE, a neurodegenerative-related cause of death was most common. Researchers currently believe that certain behavioral and mood symptoms may be indicators of an early onset of the disease. As of now, the only means to determine if CTE is present in the brain is through a post-mortem examination.

See A. J. Perez, CTE Diagnosed in 99% of Former NFL Players Studied by Researchers, CNBC, July 25, 2017.

Special thanks to Davis S. Luber, Florida Probate Attorney, for bringing this article to my attention.


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