Former American-style football players diagnosed with neurodegenerative disease requiring post-mortem analysis

Takeaway

  • Former American-style football (ASF) players are being diagnosed pre-mortem with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition which can only be fully diagnosed after death.

Why this matters

    Repeated head trauma experienced by ASF players has been linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease. This study highlights other CTE-linked treatable conditions that should be considered to improve the cognitive health of former athletes.