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CTE Found in 99 Percent of Studied Brains From Deceased NFL Players

A new study published in the medical journal JAMA and reported on by CNN Health shows that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was found in 99 percent of deceased NFL players’ brains donated for research. CTE is a neurodegenerative brain disease found in individuals exposed to repeated head trauma. While the research is ongoing, the findings indicate a real need to understand how to prevent this type of head trauma, scientists said.

Head trauma can be deadly serious no matter how it occurs. From car accidents to sports injuries to simple falls, brain injuries are some of the most difficult to overcome. Senior citizens especially need to take care when it comes to this, as falls are one of the primary ways brain injury occurs for them.

Among U.S. adults aged 75 and older, 1 in 45 suffered from a brain injury that led to an emergency room visit, hospitalization or death in 2013 — up 76 percent since 2007 — and the primary cause was falls. One of the many reasons why exercise is so important for older adults is that doing so can significantly lower your risk of falls and all of the health risks that go along with them. Not only that, if you do fall, if you're a regular exerciser you're less likely to get hurt.

At least one study shows that older adults who took part in an exercise program were 37 percent less likely to be injured during a fall compared to non-exercisers. This included a 61 percent lower risk of having a fall-induced broken bone and 43 percent lower risk of sustaining a fall-related injury serious enough to require admission to a hospital.

The good news is you’re never too old to start exercising. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is one form of exercise that anyone can do at any fitness level. It also may work better than other forms of exercise to prevent age-related changes to muscles.
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