More than 90 percent of former college football players studied have some form of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease likely caused by brain trauma, according to the Concussion Legacy Foundation.
“This information is being released to raise awareness that CTE is not just an issue for professional football players,” said Chris Nowinski, co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. “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.”
Of 152 former college football players studied, 138 were found to have had CTE, which can lead to lead to memory loss, dementia and erratic behavior, reported Yahoo! Sports.
Michigan State University had the most cases of CTE with seven, including three publicly acknowledged names: Earl Morrall, Dick Proebstle, and Bubba Smith.
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The University of Georgia ranked second on the CTE list with six cases. Several more colleges have four.
The Southeastern Conference had the highest number of colleges with CTE cases: 11 of its 14 schools were on the list, for a rate of 79 percent.
In July, a federal judge approved a $75 million class-action lawsuit against the NCAA for its handling of concussion incidents in the past.
The money will be used to create a 50-year, $70 million medical monitoring program for college athletes and a $5 million program “to research the prevention, treatment, and/or effects of concussions,” reported USA Today.