Contact Sports and Head Trauma

High contact sports can be extremely dangerous without the proper protection and precaution. For sports such as football, hockey, and wresting, important safety measures need to be taken before ever stepping out on the field, ice, or mat.
The Boston University School of Medicine saw a pattern in head injuries from athletes in high contact sports and researchers conducted an experiment. They studied 36 brains of deceased male athletes ranging in ages 17 to 98 years. What the scientists and researchers discovered was not surprising, but quite fascinating. Repeated brain trauma definitely played a role in altered behavior, mood, and thinking abilities among these examined athletes.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, we encourage all of our patients to be cautious of activities that could cause brain damage. Head protection is vital in protecting the brain and preventing damage. Dr. Burak Ozgur and the entire medical staff at ONE offer the best spine and brain care to patients of Irvine and surrounding California areas.
The athletes included in this research were all previously diagnosed with CTE- chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This brain disease is most commonly found in athletes and is the cause of repeated brain trauma/injury. Researchers found no other brain conditions in the individuals. The participants were all players of football, hockey, wresting, or boxing.
The families of these athletes provided information to the researchers about their medical history. This information included details of dementia, mood, memory, behavior, and motor skills.
After extensive investigation, the researchers found a significant cognitive decline and mood changes in the athletes. Twenty-two of the individuals had behavioral and mood problems related to CTE, and 11 had memory and thinking problems. The remaining three individuals did not have any symptoms of CTE upon their death. In addition, the athletes who showed behavior and mood problems, 91% of them also experienced memory and thinking decline.
The researchers found that chronic traumatic encephalopathy has two major clinical presentations: behavior/mood and cognitive. They also found that the study suggested adults with dementia and a history of repeated brain trauma may have been diagnosed inaccurately. According to the research, there is a similarity in symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and CTE.
Boston University conducted other studies linking athletes to progressive brain diseases and in 2012 revealed findings about brain trauma and brain damage leading to dementia.
To find out more about how ONE can help with your brain condition, call the center today! The medical team works non-stop to tailor and follow through on an effective treatment plan.
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The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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