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Inside how CTE has been blamed for murder & rape by NFL stars as Phillip Adams found to have brain injury when he shot 6
FOLLOWING revelations that former 49ers defensive back Phillip Adams struggled with CTE before his killing rampage, the horrific condition is back in the news for its frequent ties to violent crimes.
Often associated with pro athletes, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a disease caused by repeated blows to the head.
The condition is caused by repeated head trauma, can trigger violent behavior, and paranoia, and has been blamed for a string of horrific crimes by Phillip Adams, Kellen Winslow, Aaron Hernandez and even OJ Simpson.
In 2017, scientists at Boston University studied the brains of 111 dead NFL players and found evidence of the disease in 110 of those samples.
Christopher Nowinski, a former pro-wrestler who co-founded Boston University's CTE Center, said the research suggests that at least 50 per cent of NFL footballers have CTE.
He said: "Our study in 2017 of the NFL brains donated from 2008 to 2015 – we had 99 per cent of those brains had CTE.
"Those brains came from almost 10 per cent of NFL players who had died in that period.
"There's an interesting analysis based of that data which shows that it's very unlikely that the prevalence of CTE in NFL players is less than 50 per cent," Nowinski said.
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