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Concussion Legacy Foundation: More Than 100 Former College Football Players Have Now Been Diagnosed with CTE
|The Concussion Legacy Foundation announced yesterday that former players from over 100 college football programs have now been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank. 15 colleges have had 3 or more confirmed cases, and those schools have combined for 64 national championships. Every conference within the Power 5 (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC) has at least one school represented in those 15 colleges with the most CTE diagnoses.
“This information is being released to raise awareness that CTE is not just an issue for professional football players,” said our co-founder and CEO Chris Nowinski. “The data should not be interpreted to say that players from these schools are at greater risk than other college players. Instead, the data shows the widespread reach of this disease, and the commitment by the alumni and their families of these schools to support CTE research by participating in brain donation.”
Sustaining a concussion during adolescence may be more common than previous estimates, according to researchers presenting their study recently at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO.
“Our team looked at the administrative health records of more than 8.8 million members of a large private payer insurance group and noted that 32 percent of the individuals diagnosed with concussion were between the ages of 10-19 years old with the largest increase in incidence between 2007 and 2014 in that age group. This is the first study to evaluate trends in concussion diagnoses across the general US population in a variety of age groups,” said lead author, Alan L. Zhang, MD from the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
The highest incidence of concussion was seen in the 15-19 age group (16.5 cases per 1,000 patients) followed by the 10-14 (10.5 per 1,000), 20-24 (5.2 per 1,000) and 5-9 (3.5 per 1,000) age groups. Overall, there was a 60% increase in concussion incidence from 2007-2014. The largest increases were in the 10-14 (143%) and 15-19 (87%) age groups. Fifty-six percent of concussions were diagnosed in the emergency room and 29% in a physician’s office with the remainder being seen in urgent care or inpatient settings.
Zhang and his team also noted that irrespective of sport, the incidence of concussion in male patients was one and a half times higher than that in female patients.
“The rates at which concussions are rising may in part be due to the rise in youth sports participation and also better diagnostic skills/training for coaches and sports medicine professionals. This trend is alarming however, and the youth population should definitely be prioritized for ongoing work in concussion diagnosis, education, treatment and prevention,” said Zhang.
From the Concussion Legacy Foundation:
“The Stabler family announced yesterday that Mr. Ken Stabler, who died in July at age 69, was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The diagnosis was made by Dr. Ann McKee at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank. A football icon, Mr. Stabler was an NFL MVP and quarterbacked the 1977 Super Bowl champion Oakland Raiders.
“The Concussion Legacy Foundation would like to thank the Stabler family for pursuing the study of Mr. Stabler’s brain according to his wishes, and for disclosing his CTE diagnosis. The choice to support CTE research and raise awareness of its debilitating effects is courageous and appreciated. Brain donation is a critical first step in understanding and eventually having treatments for CTE. Families who would like to learn more about brain donation can visit ConcussionFoundation.org.”