Football has become more than a friday night ritual for many high schools across the country. The players train year round, and as a result they're bigger, faster, and hit harder than ever. There's been an increasing concern of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in some high school players brains, as such damage had only been previously found in NFL players. In a documentary that premiers on Frontline tonight, Producer Rachel Dretzin chronicles Americas love for football and brings to light the fact that it could lead to major medical issues for young athletes.
CTE has been linked to dimentia, later in life, as well as suicidal tendencies and depression. One of the most shocking recent discoveries is that football players don't have to suffer concussions to begin to develop CTE.