Concussions or CTE

Notice that the title of this blog piece uses “or” as opposed to “and.” There is a reason for this title. You see, sports leagues want the public to believe that concussion causes CTE. However, the reality is that CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) is caused from repeated trauma, not a concussion or a couple concussions. Repeated trauma is typically defined as blows to the head. The best example is to point to boxers. Those boxers who suffer from chronic neurological damage are resulted from the thousands of punched landed to their heads, not the one or two knockouts they sustained in their careers.

Remember understanding CTE is to understand its origins coined by my friend, Dr. Bennet Omalu. Chronic means latent developing after many years from first exposure. Traumatic means caused from repeated trauma/blows to the head, not concussions. Encephalopathy is a fancy word for bad brain. Next time someone brings up the topic of concussions in football, you can now understand that the bigger concern is from repeated trauma causing later life problems.

Whether you played football, wrestling, hockey, soccer or boxing, you have an increased risk of developing CTE. Even if you last played decades ago, you should be aware of your legal rights and speak with the lawyer who originated the NFL CTE litigation.

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