Rugby League star James Graham donating brain to science

Rugby League star James Graham donating brain to science

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England Rugby League star
James Graham has donated
is brain to science to he
p fight the condition whi
h killed footballer Jeff
stle. Graham, 33, is believed t
be the first sportsman s
ill playing to sign over
is brain. He hopes it will reveal m
re about chronic traumati
encephalopathy, a brain
isease thought to be link
d to repeated head blows. Former England striker an
West Brom star Astle die
from CTE in 2002. He was just 59 but had th
brain of an 89-year-old. Last year ex-Gillingham p
ayer Rod Taylor, 74, beca
e the second British foot
aller known to have died
rom CTE. It’s has been diagnosed i
NFL stars in the US and
x-players in Australia’s
ational Rugby League. Graham, from Maghull, Mer
eyside, who won more than
40 England caps for his c
untry, played for St Hele
s before moving to Austra
ia and now stars for St G
orge Illawarra Dragons in
the NRL. He said: “My brain and sp
nal cord, if I’m in Sydne
, will be going to Sydney
University. Now they’ve f
und CTE in former NRL pla
ers, it brings talk about
concussion back to the ta
le. “I’m really pleased to se
the game is taking it se
iously.” , explaining: “I’ve been
n the receiving end of co
cussions and head traumas
so I’m trying to arm mys
lf with as much informati
n as possible’.” Graham’s former St Helens
and England colleague Jon
Wilkin, 35, also worries
bout repeated minor head
njuries and wants more re
earch. The BBC pundit, who plays
for Toronto Wolfpack adde
: “I just wonder if somet
ing can be done now. “In 30 years, we’ll look
ack in horror at what we
id to ourselves.” A recent study found ex-f
otball and rugby players
ith dementia were six tim
s more likely to have CTE
than other dementia suffe
ers.

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