Category: NFL

BU researchers find CTE in 99% of former NFL players studied

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), degenerative brain disease found in people with a history of repeated head trauma, may be more common among football players than previously thought. In new findings published in JAMA, BU researchers identified CTE in 99 percent of brains obtained from NFL players, as well as 91 percent of college football players […]

BU CTE Center Researchers Announce Former NFL Player Kevin Turner had CTE

WATCH: Researchers from the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank announced November 3rd, 2016 that former New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles player Kevin Turner, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2010 and died at age 46 earlier this year, had CTE. This video from the Boston University School of Medicine shows clips from Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease […]

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Despite NFL cries, CTE rolls on

Boston University neuroscientist Dr. Robert Stern said his groundbreaking study on head trauma, which was officially launched yesterday, will not be sullied by the long-brewing controversy over the NFL’s alleged attempts to strip him of his funding… Expert quote: “I’m just so unbelievably excited to get this science moving right now. This is the time […]

Why the NFL doesn’t want you to see “Concussion”

In the new movie “Concussion” starring Will Smith, the NFL is put under a microscope… Expert quote: “We see this in individuals who have had repetitive head injuries, usually over a long period of time. Individuals with CTE usually experience cognitive problems — memory lapses or behavioral symptoms like depression and irritability.” View full article

What Can We Learn From Michael Keck’s Brain?

When Michael Keck was hospitalized with a heart infection at 25 years old, he asked his wife to donate his brain to a brain bank for research when he died… Expert quote: “I’m always surprised to see this type of disease in someone so young. At age 25, brains can still be developing, pruning synapses. […]