What is CTE?

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy a fraternal twin of Dementia Pugilistica is a degenerative disease that effects the brain and believed to be caused by repeated head trauma resulting in large accumulations of tau proteins, killing cells in regions responsible for mood, emotions, and executive functioning.  Basically it is a condition that appears only after a long time of abuse to the brain.

CTE is now beginning to be linked to various deaths of former NFL players and Professional Wrestlers.  It was once thought this was only a condition occurring in boxers, hence the DP name.

LINK to Sports Legacy Institute and CTE

Symptoms of CTE;

  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Memory Loss
  • Concentration or Attention Issues
  • Disoriented
  • Feeling of “Lost”
  • Confusion
  • Tremors
  • Speaking Problems
  • Loss of senses

CTE was believed to be an “old guy” disease, but with recent developments, i.e. Owen Thomas, it may be something getting into a younger age group.

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