99 perfect of football players who donated their bodies to science after their deaths show evidence of devastating brain trauma. That’s the news out of the Boston University School of Medicine’s CTE center. CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a condition that appears in those who experience repetitive brain trauma.

The study revealed that 110 out of the 111 deceased National Football League players had signs of CTE when examined. The brain disease was found in 91 percent of deceased college football players and 88 percent of Canadian Football League players. 21 percent of high school football players showed signs of the disease.

People with CTE often experience memory problems, mood disorders and lack of impulse control. They’re often aggressive, suffer from paranoia and progressive dementia can occur.

The severity of the CTE depends largely upon how long the football player was active, but even high school players should mild signs of the disease. This research shows a clear connection between CTE and repetitive hits to the head in sports like football.

Of course, football isn’t the only way people develop this disease. The number one cause of head injuries in the United States come from slips and falls. Such accidents can happen at any time. Very few people see a slip or fall coming, so the damage done can be shocking. CTE can have long-reaching ramifications no matter how a person developed the disease.

Because CTE can only be diagnosed after death, it’s hard to understand the full extent of the symptoms. As science gets closer to detecting CTE in living people, we’re learning just how badly the disease can impact people.

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