The latest study regarding the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy shows a strong correlation.
Researchers at Boston University who are studying brains donated by families of former NFL players said that 110 of the 111 donations showed signs of CTE.
While that’s not a random sample reflecting the entire sport (the donations come largely from players who were struggling with some issue or had committed suicide), the big numbers do alarm those studying the issue.
The Boston University study covered 202 brains donated by families of men who had played some level of football. CTE was discovered in 177 of them (87 percent). The 99 percent of former NFL players was the highest level. The study also showed CTE in 3-of-14 who played at the high school level (21.4 percent), 48-of-53 who played in college (90.6 percent), 9-of-14 who competed semi professionally (64.3 percent) and 7-of-8 who played in the CFL (87.5).
The NFL has pledged to devote $100 million and resources toward the effort, and spoke at the league meetings this spring about specific research into helmet safety.
The NFL is committed to supporting scientific research into CTE and advancing progress in the prevention and treatment of head injuries.
Football is a great sport that is loved by many, but it is also a dangerous sport that causes severe concussions, brain trauma and in some cases death. Football involves tackling, direct hits and lots of aggression, which only increases the chances of suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during games or even at practices.