CTE on the Brain

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  • Diagnosing CTE
  • Concussions and Brain Trauma
  • The State of NFL Players’ Mental Health
  • Suicide and CTE
  • Black Athletes and CTE
  • CTE in the News
  • What Is CTE?
  • What CTE Does to the Brain
  • CTE Symptoms

The State of NFL Players’ Mental Health

Football players are also more likely to die from Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) than the general population, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs account for the majority of these deaths. 

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