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Netflix's Docuseries on Aaron Hernandez Once Again Raises Concerns About Football Injuries

Posted On: Jan 16, 2020   |   Posted By: Pop Sugar

Netflix's Docuseries on Aaron Hernandez Once Again Raises Concerns About Football Injuries

The third episode of Netflix's Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez takes a look, quite literally, at the mind of the former tight end, who was a breakout star for the New England Patriots before his fall from grace. By the end of his life, Hernandez, 27, had been legally connected to three murders. Following his suicide in 2017 , his family donated his brain to science. The findings were shocking: Hernandez had a severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy , a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated head trauma .
Ann McKee, MD, a neuropathologist at Boston University, and her team of researchers studied Hernandez's brain, concluding that his CTE had reached Stage 3 , with Stage 4 being the most advanced. It was the most severe case the team had seen in someone under 46 years old. "In this age group, he's clearly at the severe end of the spectrum ," Dr. McKee said at a medical conference in 2017. Symptoms of CTE include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control...

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