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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a serious medical condition which has been diagnosed in many professional football players, ice hockey players, boxers and other professional athletes who suffer multiple concussions. In addition, CTE is found in some military personnel who have been subjected to head impacts as a result of concussive blasts or other types of injuries, as well as in others whose work or recreational activities are known to cause concussions. At Brain Injury Research Institute, we are dedicated to finding solutions for the prevention and treatment of CTE, and our doctors, Julian Bailes, M.D. and Bennet I. Omalu, M.D., have made considerable contributions to this field of study. Learn more about the subject by following the links below:
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (MTBI)
The term concussion is generally interchangeable with mild traumatic brain injury. Most people will at some point in their life suffer a mild concussion, whether in a fall, in a sports accident or after being struck in the head by an object. The larger the number of concussions suffered, the greater are the chances that the individual will develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
The condition now known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy was formerly referred to as dementia pugilistica. The name derives from the Latin pugil, "boxer," and it was chosen based on the fact that the condition was originally found primarily in boxers in the 1920s.
What is CTE?
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a condition of progressive degeneration of the brain tissue which is the result of repeated concussions. While the brain tissue degenerates, a protein called tau protein begins to accumulate. The symptoms of CTE may take years or even decades to develop, but when they do the results can be life-changing for the individual and his or her loved ones.
How You Can Help
The Brain Injury Research Institute is an independent organization, and we are not funded by professional sports league or any special interest groups. Instead, all the work we do is made possible through fundraising and donations from people who have suffered multiple concussions. If you are interested in furthering the cause of increasing awareness about CTE and assisting us in finding solutions to this serious condition, please contact us to learn more about how you can help.