Essay on Symptoms And Symptoms Of Cte

2342 Words Apr 19th, 2016 10 Pages
When you think of the word epidemic you may think of small pox, polio, or even the bubonic plague. One epidemic you may not think of is a silent one, concussion. Until recently concussions were not seen as worthy to be titled with the name epidemic until they realized the devastating side effects. Athletes and military personal used to be told to rub some dirt on it or to get tougher because the injury was not visible from a human eye, so therefore we didn’t see the devastating effects. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or otherwise known as CTE, is a devastating side effect of multiple concussions or blows to the head. According to the Brain Injury Institute, CTE is defined as a progressive degenerative disease that afflicts the brain of people who have suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries, such as athletes and members of the military. In this paper I am going to cover what CTE is and how it is caused, people who have been affected by it, the research that is being done, and how we are trying to prevent future cases.
Concussions have been prevalent in sports for many years. Even though still poorly understood, the condition of a concussion was formally identified over a millennium ago (Carroll and Rosner 11). A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or hit to the head that causes the head and the brain to move rapidly back and forth, consequently bruising the brain. Recently, we found out that we could traumatically our brains with repeated hard hits…

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