Be skeptical: Will 99% of National Football League players really develop CTE?

Be skeptical: Will 99% of National Football League players really develop CTE?

Be skeptical: Will 99% of National Football League players really develop CTE?

A major issue is the fact that CTE can only be diagnosed after death and the brain is thoroughly examined.

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted of murder in 2015 and killed himself in prison this year, is suspected of having suffered from CTE and will have his brain checked for the disease in his autopsy.

Safety advocates have long decried contact sports like hockey and football for causing irreparable, long-term damage to athletes at all levels.

Although the study revealed a high proportion of the players had CTE, the authors point out several limitations of the study.

And later that month, a federal appeals court ruled league administrators ignored evidence of a retired player's CTE when considering his eligibility for disability payments.

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. The disease was not found in brains from two younger players. "Obviously, you're raising your chances by playing football".

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"The medical and scientific communities will benefit from this publication and the National Football League will continue to work with a wide range of experts to improve the health of current and former National Football League athletes".

In some instances, the effects of CTE can be seen while a player is still alive, like when former Buccaneers defensive tackle Brian Price had to be subdued in a parking after turning over display cases in an auto parts store and then jumping through the store's glass door. The symptoms include memory loss, confusion, depression and dementia.

"A lot of families are really tragically affected by it - not even mentioning what these men are going through and they're really not sure what is happening to them". The NCAA settled a class-action concussion lawsuit past year, agreeing to spend $75 million on medical monitoring of college athletes and prevention research. "But CTE is real".

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.

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

In the new report, McKee and colleagues found the most severe disease in former professional players; mild disease was found in all three former high school players diagnosed with the disease. He believes the league and the players are becoming more concerned with the after effects of the game and possibilities of developing CTE in the years after leaving the game.

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