What is CTE ?
CTE stands for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. It is a degenerative brain disease that is caused by repeated head injuries, particularly concussions. CTE can occur in athletes who participate in contact sports such as football, boxing, and ice hockey, as well as in military veterans and others who have experienced repeated head trauma.
The symptoms of CTE can include memory loss, confusion, depression, aggression, and difficulty with speech and movement. These symptoms often do not appear until years after the initial head injury, making it difficult to diagnose and treat the disease.
Researchers have found that CTE is caused by the accumulation of an abnormal protein called tau in the brain. This protein builds up over time, causing damage to the brain cells and leading to the symptoms of the disease.
There is currently no cure for CTE, and treatment is focused on managing the symptoms of the disease. Prevention is key, and efforts are being made to reduce the risk of head injuries in contact sports and other activities. It is important to seek medical attention after any head injury, especially if you experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, or confusion.