With the Broncos big Super Bowl win, football is everywhere right now. But, from a healthcare standpoint, football or other sports related brain injuries are a hot news topic, specifically Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
What Is CTE and why is it a topic of discussion?
The condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was formerly believed to exist primarily among boxers, and was referred to as dementia pugilistica. It is a progressive degenerative disease which afflicts the brain of people who have suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries, such as athletes who take part in contact sports, members of the military and others – and has been seen in a lot of professional football players as they age.
CTE is a condition of brain damage which persists over a period of years or decades and which is the result of traumatic impacts to the cranium. The brain of an individual who suffers from CTE gradually deteriorates and will over time end up losing mass. Certain areas of the brain are particularly liable to atrophy, though other areas are prone to becoming enlarged. Another aspect of CTE is that some areas of the brain experience an accumulation of tau protein, a substance which serves to stabilize cellular structure in the neurons but which may become defective and subsequently may cause major interference with the function of the neurons.
Have you suffered a few too many concussions or have additional questions? Talk to your doctor about your risks.Tags: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, CTE, football, football injuries, head injuries, Sports injuries, Sports physical