Football and CTE in Children

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2nd Oct 2015

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), is a serious condition that is frequently diagnosed in people who have a pattern of one or more knocks to the head ( concussions). It is both progressive and degenerative. In other words, it gets worse … more

The Massachusetts Sport Concussion Law

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28th Apr 2011

Lawmakers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut all passed new laws in 2010 designed to ensure student athletes who suffer suspected concussions get the proper treatment and do not return to action too quickly. The law requires education for coaches, parents, volunteers and young athletes regarding the signs and symptoms of concussion, guidelines for managing a concussion, and information on the risks and consequences of not taking action. more

Link Between Sports Concussions and Serious Brain Injury Established

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16th Feb 2009

The link between repeated concussions such as those suffered in football and serious, life threatening brain injury has been further supported by a recent study. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine have found that the brains of deceased football players show evidence of serious brain injury. The brains, examined microscopically, show chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease caused by repeated trauma to the head. It represents a buildup of toxic protein in the brain (tau protein). Individuals who suffer from CTE have symptoms such as memory impairment, depression, erratic behavior, emotional instability and other cognitive problems. These symptoms can develop into full blown dementia. more