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Researchers at Boston University studying deceased football players’ brains released new findings earlier this week on the potential connection between the athletes and long-term neurological conditions, and the results were damning.
To wit: of the 111 NFL players included in the study, only one was not diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Most commonly believed to be a boxing-related disease, CTE, according to the Brain Injury Research Institute , is a progressive degenerative disease that impacts those who have suffered from repeated blows to the head.
Football has been the sport getting the most recent headlines, but those involved with the BU study are worried about another group of concussion-riddled athletes: soccer players. While it may be seen as less of a contact sport than football, players routinely head the ball in soccer, and BU researcher Ann McKee told Wired that it’s not the how of the impact that matters, but the repetitiveness.