Brain disease seen in most football players in report

Brain disease seen in most football players in report

There's no way to diagnose CTE in a living person.

A recent study found a unsafe disease in the brains of about 90-percent of football players, but experts say the results can be misleading.

Davis said he and his wife, Kelly, talk regularly about CTE and will continue to monitor studies that are released.

202 former players tested, 177 of their brains had CTE.

"The NFL is committed to supporting scientific research into CTE and advancing progress in the prevention and treatment of head injuries", said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, in response to the new study.

Although this doesn't necessarily mean that all football players experience as the sample size of the study wasn't large enough to determine the same, the results are still worrisome, researchers say.

It is clear from these and other studies that concussion, and the long-term neurological damage that results from these traumatic brain injuries, is a serious problem in football and other high impact sports.




At what point does the mounting evidence that football-related head injuries cause brain disease require some type of intervention? The league has even begun to encourage children to practice safer tackles and play flag football, The New York Times reported. CTE was present in 87 percent.

New ones include retired tight end Frank Wainright, whose 10-year National Football League career included stints with the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens.

CTE is still not completely understood by health professionals, but other possible signs and symptoms may include depression or apathy, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts or behavior, irritability, aggression, trouble swallowing, vision and focusing problems, and trouble with sense of smell, according to Mayo Clinic.

Wainright played before the league adopted stricter safety rules and had many concussions, she said.

The researchers noted that the study had limitations including, that the subjects' brains were donated by their families and that families are more likely to opt into the study if the players had showed symptoms of CTE. The NCAA settled a class-action concussion lawsuit previous year, agreeing to spend $75 million on medical monitoring of college athletes and prevention research.

"Looking back on what we know now, no, I probably wouldn't", Korte said.

The researchers said that the severity of CTE symptoms seemed to primarily be based on how long players were active in the sport, with high school players tending to have mild pathology and college, semi-professional, and professional players having severe pathology. He was not included in the current report.

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