Scientists Find Brain Damage In 34 NFL Players
On Monday, researchers at Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy published a case series study of CTE, a degenerative brain disease brought on by repeated hits to the head that results in confusion, depression and, eventually, dementia. According to ABC News, of the 85 brains donated they found CTE in 68 of them, with 34 belonging to professional football players. In addition to that, nine others played college football and six played only high school football.
"While it remains unknown what level of exposure to brain trauma is required to trigger CTE, there is no available evidence that occasional, isolated or well-managed concussions give rise to CTE," the study's co-author, Dr. Robert Cantu, said in a press release.
This news comes on the heels of Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide where he killed his girlfriend and mother of his 3-month old daughter and later himself outside of the Chiefs' practice facility.