High school football season is less than three weeks away here in the Tennessee Valley. Players are practicing, getting ready for the big kick off. But a new study that examined the donated brains of former football players, professional, collegiate and high school, has coaches, athletic trainers and others looking at safety in a new way.
The study showed that 88 percent of the players had CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease thought to be caused by repeated head trauma. The most alarming result was that 110 out of 111 National Football League players, which made up the bulk of the sample, showed signs of CTE. Forty-eight out of 53 college players and three out of the 14 high school players in the study were diagnosed with the disease.
Safety is at the forefront as coaches and trainers as look at ways to prevent CTE in players.
Read more at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.