Athletes deal with tons of health issues because of their sports. Even safe-sounding, non-physical sports take a toll on the body. For example, most professional bikers consider fallen arches, bad knees, and huge varicose veins as rights of passage. Football is far more dangerous than most other competitive sports. But new research shows it’s far more dangerous than previously thought.
A recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association by the Boston University School of Medicine indicates that the vast majority of football players could suffer from a life-threatening degenerative brain disease called CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). The study examined the donated brains of 202 football players ranging from college athletes to professionals. Researchers found that 99% if the brains they examined showed strong signs of CTE.
CTE is caused by repeated physical trauma to the head and is mostly found in veterans and athletes. The disease first manifests as depression and emotional instability in the victim’s late 20s. It’s usually undiagnosed, and it gets far worse with time. By age 40, victims will be subjected to blackouts, tantrums, manic behavior, and death.