A Journey with CTE Matthew Dotson

Adrian Robinson Jr stopped playing football because he had suffered to many concussions. May 16th 2015 he was reported dead from hanging. Robinson is the latest former NFL player to be diagnosed with chronic electroencephalography, or CTE, after his death. He was 25 Years old.

CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma or concussions. The symptoms of CTE include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, Parkinsons, and, eventually, progressive dementia.

The picture above shows the CAT scan of a normal brain, someone with CTE and advanced dementia. CTE is a progressive, degenerative brain disease for which there is no treatment. The only thing that people can do with CTE is treat their symptoms with therapy. CTE can only be diagnosed after death for now.

Former New England Patriots fullback Kevin Turner played in the NFL from 1992 to 1999, died at the age of 46. Turner was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis(ALS) in 2010. Thursday Boston University Brain CTE Center announced that it was a severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy that killed him, not ALS.

Concussions are very serious and are over looked by athletes at all levels. All coaches and players should pay close attention to side effects because concussions lead to CTE and CTE can lead to a life of you or a loved one.

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