High prevalence of CTE observed in deceased American football players

Written by Hannah Wilson

In a new study carried out by researchers at Boston University (MA, USA) and published in JAMA, post-mortem brain examinations were carried out on 202 deceased former American football players. In the case series of 202 samples, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was neuropathologically confirmed in 177 former players using the NINDS–NIBB criteria, developed in collaboration with the Boston researchers. Diagnosis of more severe CTE pathology was observed to be more common in those with history of playing at college, semi-professional and professional levels; while mild CTE pathology was observed in former high school football players. The authors conclude that their...

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