Ugh! So sad!
An autopsy has revealed that Derek Boogaard, a New York Ranger hockey player who died accidentally after mixing alcohol and oxycodone, suffered from degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
Not only was Boogaard known as one of the most aggressive players in the NHL, but his season had been cut short five months before his death when he suffered a major concussion.
CTE can only be diagnosed through studying the brain after death and has been linked to athletes who regularly received repeated head trauma throughout their career.
An autopsy also revealed Former Chicago Bears safety David Duerson, who committed suicide in the beginning of 2011, had CTE as well.
Dr. Ann McKee, who made the discovery, has diagnosed more than 50 athlete brains with CTE at the VA CSTE Brain Bank.
Officials from the brain bank have advised athletes and parents "that anyone who experiences repetitive brain trauma may be at risk to develop CTE", but are hoping the risk is smaller in hockey compared to other sports.
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