What is CTE brain injury?

CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes or others who have a history of repetitive brain trauma including symptomatic concussions or multiple hits to the head. CTE has been known to effect boxers and there’s a record of it dating back to the 1920s.

CTE currently can only be definitively diagnosed postmortem, meaning after death when they actually look at the brain itself, and normally occurs in, as I said before, individuals who have been subjected to repetitive traumatic brain injuries, accelerations of the head on impact, or subsequent repetitive brain trauma.

CTE can occur from frequent concussions from playing contact sports like American football, ice hockey, boxing or wrestling.Other individuals who have been diagnosed with CTE have been those involved in military service as well as people who have histories of chronic seizures, histories of domestic abuse or some type of repetitive head injuries.

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