Posts Tagged ‘football and CTE’

By On February 21st, 2019

CTE may start developing as early as high school

Because it takes so long for the telltale symptoms to appear, many think of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as something that is only a concern for older athletes or veterans. This is furthered by the fact that CTE can only be officially diagnosed in autopsies after death. Despite this, researchers from Boston University School of…


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…


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…


By On May 29th, 2017

Don Horton couldn’t stop coaching, even after getting CTE

In the discussion about concussions in football, players are often portrayed as the innocents being sent into danger by the more malicious coaching staff and league officials running a business. Reality is rarely so black and white. As we’ve seen recently, players can be just as responsible for hiding injuries to stay in the game…

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