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Medical experts and families of young football players react to study about CTE brain inj

Sports and medical experts are reacting to shocking results from a recent study on the link to brain disease and football players. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Sports and medical experts are reacting to shocking results from a recent study on the link to brain disease and football players.

A recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at the brains of 111 former NFL players. All but one of the former players brains showed signs of the brain disease CTE.

OhioHealth Neurologist Geoffrey Eubank explained repeated injuries and aging are when problems likely appear.

“At the microscopic level, every time that brain is jostled, some of those nerve cells get twisted and they form proteins that exist within the cell that probably end up being toxic to that cell,” said Dr. Eubank.

Dr. Eubank said some signs include memory loss, mood swings, and personality changes. Despite the study’s findings, Dr. Eubank said researchers face limitations, “since we don’t know how to measure it in living, walking human beings very much, we don’t know.”

Medical professionals say concussions and CTE are linked.

The Westside Dolphins, a youth football organization, practice at McKinley Park.

Football instructor Matthew Jaynes said the young people they coach play and practice with the latest equipment and learn proper techniques.

“Heads up. Every time they duck their head, they’re liable to get in a wheelchair for the rest of their lives, concussions,” said Jaynes.

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