Concussions Is A Progressive Disease Of The Brain

1647 Words May 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
“Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, is a progressive disease of the brain found in athletes who have a history of repeated brain trauma…” (Harris) CTE is closely associated with Alzheimer’s, another gradual, deteriorating brain disease that destroys the individual’s ability to remember, make decisions, and eventually takes away the ability for people to complete every day functions. Alzheimer’s is usually diagnosed around the age of 65 or older as a result of brain cell failure. (Alzheimer’s Association) CTE, on the other hand, affects individuals younger than 65. Generally, with CTE, people who are athletes are diagnosed around forty or fifty years of age. The athletes who are most affected with CTE, are those who have played sports that are high impact sports which garner them repeated brain injuries. Concussions are particularly to blame for a CTE diagnosis. Professional Football Players are three times more likely to die from a neurodegenerative disease, such as CTE or Alzheimer’s, than the general population. (American Academy of Neurology) Players have died from this degenerative disease and will continue to do so until the NFL does three things. One, they must acknowledge the seriousness of repeated concussions; two, they treat injured players properly; and three, they develop an effective protective helmet for the players.
Professional athletes, such as boxers and football players, are prone to repeated hits to the head. These athletes with repeated hits to…
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