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Brain Injury CTE Found in Most Former Footballers: Study

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According to the findings of a comprehensive study conducted on a brain disease which is associated with repeated head blows, it has been found out that at least 202 former footballers had symptoms of the CTE disease.

The researchers evaluated the data of 202 former footballers, and nearly all of them showed evidence of CTE. Reports state that the study participants included NFL athletes, college athletes and even high school players, according to the Associated Press reports.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a form of brain associated disease which can cause various symptoms, including memory loss in some cases.

According to the reports, the study does not mention that CTE is common in all football players, however it does describe the high occurrence of the disease in samples kept at Boston brain banks which studies CTE.

Reports state that the brain studied during the research were all donated after death by families of those who knew that the players had suffered repeated concussions during their playing career.

There is currently no treatment available for CTE and the disease can only be diagnosed when the brain of the person is studied after death. The researchers, however, hope that by doing such studies they will one day succeed in pointing out the treatments and early diagnostics of the disease.

According to the researchers, repeated blows to one’s head increased the chances of a payer developing CTE, which eventually leads to a decline in the normal brain matter of the person.

Reports state that even though football players are the ones who are connected most with CTE, boxers and military combat veterans are not less at risk of developing the disease either as they tend to receive blows to the head too.

The findings of the report were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this week.

Source: MLive

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