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Research Shows Deadly Effects of Concussions on Football Players

According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, athletes who are repeatedly exposed to concussions are at high risk for acquiring the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) later in life. The disease leads to memory loss, confusion, depression, suicidal tendencies and progressively worse dementia. To investigate this theory, researchers examined the brains of former football players that had a history of repeat concussions. Before this study, CTE could not be diagnosed while someone was still alive. To get around this setback, researchers found a way to scan and image the brain of former football players. After conducting scans on former players, the researchers found similarities in the brains of football players and people with Alzheimer’s disease. How Can Concussions and CTE Affect Football Players? In 2013, 29-year-old San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver committed suicide. Since 2010, nine active and retired…
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