CTE Can Develop in Someone Without History of Concussions

Youth football players

"And by hits, I mean all of them", said Dr.

The Concussion Legacy Foundation, the Boston-based nonprofit behind much of the research on concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), held a news conference in NY to announce the launch of Flag Football Under 14, a program recommending that parents to use age 14 as the dividing line. "In every practice and in every play".

The disease is marked by abnormal deposits of calcium and proteins throughout the brain, as well as by neuropsychiatric symptoms that range from tremors and memory problems to depression and suicidal rage. "They're saying that there may be other mechanisms through which this can happen - that lesser head trauma, especially if sustained over a longer period of time, may be enough to cause this kind of damage". The late National Football League players Frank Gifford, Ken Stabler, Junior Seau, Dave Duerson, and Andre Waters - to name just a few - were diagnosed with CTE after their deaths. The disease also affects military veterans who suffered brain injuries since September 11, 2001. The disruption of capillaries in the brain results in protein leakage, he added.

For this study the team evaluated the brains of athletes aged 17 and 18 years who had died within a day to four months due to some or other form of sport-related head injury and also had a previous history of playing football.

The researchers also studied mice with repeated head trauma.

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"This disease and the injuries associated with it, that precede it, are triggered not by the signs and symptoms that we see with someone that's having a concussion", Goldstein said. The process, experts say, starts early and persists.

"Most hits to the head are not concussive... but no one is paying any attention to them", Goldstein said in a CNN report.

"The same brain pathology that we observed in teenagers after head injury was also present in head-injured mice", Goldstein said, "The results may explain why approximately 20 percent of athletes with CTE never suffered a diagnosed concussion". I beg all parents to please don't let your children play football until high school.

The findings, he said, give further scientific data to support such campaigns. Goldstein remarked on the difference, noting of a TBI: "it is an injury, an event", he said.

"The concussion is really irrelevant for triggering CTE", he told the Washington Post. "We hope that all youth sports will continue to take measures to reduce head contact through similar rules changes, education and improved protective equipment".

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