High Percentage of Ex-NFL Players Had Brain Disease
A new report by the Concussion Legacy Foundation found that all but four of 91 former National Football League (NFL) players who donated their brains to research were diagnosed with a disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). It is a degenerative brain disease that affects memory and judgment and is linked to a history of concussion and head trauma.
The study was conducted by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs and Boston University. The researchers caution that the results do not necessarily mean that nearly all former NFL players have CTE, as the sample for this study was not random and the players who donated their brains did so because they had concerns that something was not right.
The NFL responded by saying that it is continuing its efforts to reduce injuries.
In April, the NFL settled a lawsuit brought by about 5,000 former players who accused the league of covering up the dangers of concussions.