Researchers studying a degenerative brain disease will study 100 ex-NFL players in an attempt to diagnose the condition during life, according to the Associate Press. As it stands, the only way to determine if someone was affected by Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy would be a through a posthumous scan.
Boston University researchers have analyzed more than 70 former athletes and they will begin a three year study of living patients. CTE is only discovered after it has killed its host.
"We need answers on this disease really quickly," co-director Robert Stern told the AP. The NFL players must be either offensive or defensive linemen to be included in the study. Subjects must be between 40 and 69 and exhibiting symptoms of CTE. There will be a control group of athletes, as well, that are not typically afflicted with CTE.