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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Elite Athletes

December 1, 200813 min
Host: Mark Nolan Hill, MD Guest: Ann McKee, MD Many elite athletes dedicate their lives to sport. In a high-impact game like football, the physical toll of this dedication can be devastating. One example of this is chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a form of brain damage most commonly linked to boxing. Now, a group of pro football players and other athletes are promising to post-humously donate their brains for research on this condition. Dr. Ann McKee, associate professor of neurology and pathology, and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine, where this research will be conducted, joins host Dr. Mark Nolan Hill to explain the research goals which her team aims to achieve with this inspiring gift.

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