CTE Discovered in More Than 99 Percent of Deceased NFL Players' Brains in Study

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2017

The NFL shield logo is shown painted on the field at Sports Authority Field at Mile High before an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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According to findings published Tuesday, more than 99 percent of brains from deceased former NFL players that were examined for a study contained chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

The study was published by medical journal JAMA (h/t CNN.com's Daniella Emanuel), and researchers detected CTE in 110 of 111 brains from former NFL players that were donated.

The study is the largest of its kind and examined the brains of 202 deceased former football players in all.

Aside from the brains of former NFL players, CTE was found in 48 of 53 college players and three of 14 high school players.

The NFL released a statement on the study, via Albert Breer of The MMQB:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Here's the NFL's statement in response to the Boston University findings. https://t.co/NVOtXIgRVQ

The league also noted that it contributed $100 million to neuroscience research in 2016 in addition to the $100 million it was already spending on the cause along with its partners.

Within the study it was suggested that, while CTE can only be diagnosed posthumously, symptoms such as depression and anxiety can exist in the living.

The brains that were found to contain CTE will be further studied in an effort to see if there are genetic links present with regard to the disease.