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CTE Found in Dead Soccer Player

It's no secret that brain injuries can cause life-long and lethal trauma for atheltes in violent collision sports, like boxing and football, but doctors have documented the first case of such a death in soccer. Patrick Grange, 29, of Albuquerque was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.), and he was discovered to be suffering from the degenerative brain disorder A.L.S. at 27. During his soccer career, he was known for his headers and even suffered concussions from some of them. The damage corresponded to the part of his head where the ball would make contact, suggesting that even the supposedly safer, less violent sports may pose unexpected brain trauma risks to athletes.