Mixed neurodegenerative pathologies, including CTE, found in multiple former elite-level Australian rugby code players

March 20, 2024
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The new case series, published today in the Journal of Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology in collaboration with the University of Sydney, Alfred Health and Harvard Medical School, includes clinicopathological analysis of the brains of six former elite-level Australian rugby league and union players, donated to the Former Elite-Level Athlete Brain Health Research Program.

Researchers found mixed neurodegenerative pathologies, including CTE-NC, were common across the case group, which was made up of individuals who all had extensive exposure to collision sport and exhibited progressive cognitive impairment during life.

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