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By On August 28th, 2018

Chris Nowinski talks concussions in sports on recent podcast

If anyone can claim the title of being a brain injury expert, it is Chris Nowinski. He played football while studying at Harvard. Then, he went on to become a professional wrestler until a brain injury derailed his career. Rather than let his story end there, Nowinski then got a doctorate in behavioral neuroscience, wrote…

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By On August 10th, 2018

Latest Soccer Player Diagnosed With CTE Shows The Sport May Not Be The Safe Alternative To Football

For many young prospective athletes and their families, soccer has become the “safe” option. It isn’t built around the brutal hits that football is known for and the headlines haven’t been slamming the nation’s soccer league, Major League Soccer (MLS), for its handling of head injuries and the widespread development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).…

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By On June 27th, 2018

21-year-old football player had CTE when he took his life

A 21-year-old Washington State football player who committed suicide in January had extensive damage to his brain linked to football-related brain trauma, his family recently revealed. Tyler Hilinski committed suicide in his apartment using a gun, a scenario remarkably common among former football players with CTE. Yesterday, his parents, Mark and Kym Hilinski, appeared on…

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By On May 30th, 2018

Former Ravens running back shares what it’s really like living with permanent brain trauma

For many former professional football players, the question surrounding their future isn’t if chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) will affect their lives. The question is when it will start destroying their memory, make them quicker to lose their temper, and when the suicidal thoughts will begin. At just 38 years old, former Ravens running back Jamal…

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By On May 25th, 2018

Expert says concussions are not needed to develop CTE

It is commonly believed that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is the result of concussions, thanks to football’s current issues handling concussions on the field and the high rate of CTE being found in former players. However, concussions and CTE might not be as closely related as believed. In fact, a prominent brain researcher suggests concussions…

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By On May 10th, 2018

Playing tackle football before 12 years old causes earlier CTE development

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by repetitive brain trauma. You’ve likely heard of it as the brain disease affecting former NFL players who experienced numerous concussions during their careers. Now, there is evidence that players who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 were likely to show observable symptoms…

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By On January 23rd, 2018

Repetitive hits, not concussions, cause CTE

A newly released study by researchers at Boston University linked repetitive hits to the head rather than concussions to the onset of CTE. The study found the link between head impact and TBI, independent of concussion. For the research team, the findings explained why approximately 20% of athletes with CTE were never diagnosed with a concussion.

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