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Study Suggests Amateur Athletes Also At Risk for CTE

By Robert Kahn on December 13, 2015 - Comments off

CTEChronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is getting a lot of buzz these days. There’s a growing body of evidence about the brain injury and a Hollywood movie set to be released on Christmas Day.

The film Concussion is about Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who discovered CTE, and the opposition he faced from the National Football League. CTE is a brain injury caused by repeated blows to the head. It has been linked to Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and depression. 

CTE appears to be prominent in professional athletes in contact sports such as football, hockey, and boxing. The family of late National Hockey League defensemen Steve Montador recently announced they were filing a lawsuit against the NHL for the former player’s CTE injuries.

According to a study by the Mayo Clinic, brains of former high school and college contact sport athletes also show signs of CTE. Anyone who suffers repeated concussions has a chance of developing this terrible brain injury.

If you suspect that you or a family member suffers from CTE, it is important to see a physician who specializes in brain injury. It is also important to contact an experienced brain injury attorney. Brain injuries can be life altering and require extensive, expensive, medical treatment. Robert Kahn of Kahn Roven, LLP has represented California personal injury victims for over 35 years.

Call our offices at (844) 9-INJURED for a free consultation.

 

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