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Monday, December 29, 2014

How CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) is Impacting Sports

From Ohio University

December 28, 2014

Based upon the response to several recent posts here on the serious and sometimes lasting or even irreversible consequences of concussions, we thought you might be interested in this very informative new infographic created by Ohio University.

A new study from the Radiological Society of North America concluded that even for young football players who didn't experience a concussion, football and other contact sports have caused brain abnormalities that mimic mild traumatic brain injuries, which could over time lead to the frightening neuro-degenerative disease called CTE.

This clearly points to the need for closer scrutiny of youth sports, and further research into concussions and CTE.

About CTE

CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, is a disease caused by repetitive concussions or head injuries, and is quickly becoming a popular topic in relation to sports.

Recent studies have brought to light the reality and relevance of this disease in sports due to the increasing frequency of diagnoses in athletes.

Cases of CTE have been confirmed in all major sports including but not limited to:
  • Football
  • Boxing
  • Hockey
  • Wrestling
  • Baseball
  • Rugby
  • Soccer

CTE has also been confirmed in individuals who have not participated in contact sports, but had suffered other head injuries.

While CTE can only be confirmed by studying the brain post-mortem, some of the reported symptoms include:
  • Confusion
  • Depressio
  • Impaired judgment
  • Suicide
  • Dementia

Due to the difficulty of diagnosing CTE, the most effective tools to combat this disease are awareness and prevention through making sports safer.

Many sports leagues have amended the rules of their sports in a specific attempt to minimize the frequency of CTE-inducing injuries.

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