Study Raises Questions About Long-Term Consequences to Brain Health of Young Athletes in Contact Sports

Evidence of CTE Found in Young Athletes - Graphs

(Courtesy of Brain Injury Association of America)

A recent study published in JAMA Neurology found that young contact sports athletes may be at risk for long-term neuropathologic disorders, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive and fatal brain disease associated with repetitive head impacts (RHI). The study, which examined the brains of 152 deceased contact sports (including football, soccer, hockey, rugby, and wrestling) participants younger than 30 years old at the time of death, CTE was found in 63, or 41.4 percent.

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