A Progressive Degenerative Brain Disease Essay example

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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, also known as CTE for short, is a progressive degenerative brain disease found in the brains of athletes, specifically football players. The repetitive hits to the head sustained while playing the game of football ultimately results in the degeneration of brain tissue and the build-up of an abnormal protein known as tau.

Mike Webster was a famous offensive linemen for the Pittsburg Steelers who spent fourteen years in Pittsburg and his last two years in Kansas City. Mike Webster’s brain was the first of many NFL players’ that were sent and used for research. After his death, Webster, followed by eight more former NFL players, were diagnosed with CTE by Bennett Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist. Upon Omalu’s examinations, he concluded that all the brains he studied showed similar damage to those who have suffered from other brain diseases like dementia and Alzheimer 's.

After his findings on CTE and it 's relation to Mike Webster, Dr. Omalu shared his information and his published paper with NFL doctors who Omalu believed should be aware of, only to be attacked and have his information considered “inadequate”. Instead of retracting his information like they suggested, Dr. Omalu published another paper with additional information, only to again be attacked. The NFL doctors that Omalu spoke to warned him of the implications he would create if he pursued this topic, and that “football would be considered dangerous and…

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