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Brain autopsies of 4 former football players reveal not all get chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Date:7/26/2011

repeated head injuries," said Dr. Tator. "We are trying to determine why some athletes in contact sports develop CTE and others don't, as well as how many concussions lead to the onset of this degenerative brain disease. Also, we need to develop tests to detect this condition at an early stage and to discover treatments."

According to Jed Roberts, son of Jay Roberts, he and his sisters began noticing early signs of their father's memory decline when he starting repeating stories, but insisting he had never told them. "My dad had numerous concussions, although they were undocumented, and I think he knew there was something was wrong, which is why he wanted to help find answers that would hopefully protect future football players," said Jed, a former CFL player with the Edmonton Eskimos. "I think it is really important that we create awareness around this issue, so that players can live healthy, productive lives beyond the game."


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Contact: Nadia Daniell-Colarossi
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