Jul 25, 2017

Brain disease affects 99% of NFL players, finds research

A study of American football players' brains finds that 99% of professional NFL athletes have a disease associated with head injuries. The neurodegenerative brain disease CTE is typically found in people who have suffered repeated blows to the head, studies have found. Of the 202 total players, 87% were found to have traces of CTE. It was also found in 48 of 53 college players and three of the 14 high school players. Players featured in the study came from every position on the field, and from high school, university, and Canadian leagues, in addition to the NFL. The league issued a statement on the study saying: "The NFL is committed to supporting scientific research into CTE and advancing progress in the prevention and treatment of head injuries." In 2015, a federal judge approved a class-action lawsuit brought against the NFL by thousands of players, who had alleged they had suffered brain damage as a result of concussions.

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