Head injuries have been a topic of discussion among football players as of late, and it’s for a good reason. Recently, 34 professional football players have died from various causes, but they all have one thing in common; they were all diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repetitive brain trauma, and is most typically seen among deceased NFL players.
Although only recently recognized as a degenerative brain disease, history may prove CTE has been around for a lot longer.
Yale Memory Clinic recently reported that King Henry IV suffered many of the symptoms associated with CTE following several severe brain injuries varying from jousting injuries to severe falls.
As history notes, King Henry began experiencing a multitude of symptoms following his injuries. Many of his symptoms, Yale suggests, mirror the symptoms of CTE.
Key symptoms of CTE include the following:
- Memory loss
- Personality changes
- Progressive dementia
- Impaired judgement
- Lack of impulse control
As a brain injury attorney and advocate for traumatic brain injury awareness, the best way to reduce or diminish the high risks of head injuries for our athletes is to educate ourselves.
Know the facts, symptoms and consequences of severe head trauma. By doing so, we can learn more about CTE and how to prevent the progression of this disease. It’s time to make a change in how we handle head trauma!
Author: Tim Misny | For more than 34 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.