Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

by PAIGE DAVIS

Staff Writer

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, also known as CTE, is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain. Common symptoms of CTE are memory loss, confusion, impaired judgement, depression, aggression, and disorientation. So far CTE has only been discovered after the death of individuals carrying the brain disorder. CTE is found in the brains of athletes who play contact sports such as football, boxing, rugby, and soccer. This disease forms after repetitive trauma to the brain and can develop months, years, or decades after the last head trauma. The brains of individuals who suffer from CTE deteriorate and eventually start losing mass. Bennet I. Omalu, M.D and Julian Bailes, M.D were the  first doctors to discover CTE in the brain of a professional football player in 2002. Fred McNeill, a former Minnesota Viking linebacker, died in November of 2015 at the age of 63. His death was caused by complications with ALS but his autopsy showed that he was suffering from CTE as well.

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