CTE discovered in Polly Farmer's brain in AFL-first

The Age

By Wendy Carlisle and Anthony Colangelo

February 26, 2020

CTE has been discovered in the brain of the late legendary Australian Rules football player Graham 'Polly' Farmer, the first time the neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated concussions has been detected in a player from the code.

The discovery is revealed in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, in which Farmer is not identified. However, the West Australian newspaper has reported the identity of the prominent Australian Rules footballer whose case is detailed in the journal

by Associate Professor Michael Buckland from the Australian Sports Brain Bank.


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