A new study of deceased football players' brains showed extremely high CTE results
. Of the brains of NFL players studied, 110 of 111 brains (99%!!!) were diagnosed with CTE.
Granted, the link does highlight this may not be a perfectly reliable sample, because it was only players whose families had donated their brains to study. Thus, it could have been biased by families who had seen behavioral problems or other issues that made them more likely to participate.
But there was a worrying trend:
3 of 14 high-school players were diagnosed (21%)
48 of 53 college players were diagnosed (91%)
9 of 14 semi-pro, and 7 of 8 CFL players were also diagnosed
This, my friends, is scary. As I've said before, I will *not*
allow my sons to play football at any level. I say that despite the fact that the trend between high school and college players up to the NFL suggests that the issue is much less severe at youth levels--I'm sure the hits are nowhere near as bad.
As much as I love watching this sport, there's a part of me that doesn't feel clean about it, the more we learn.