A group of NFL players recently announced that they were suffering from negative effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is a brain condition caused by repeated head trauma, usually from concussions. CTE can result in memory loss, depression, aggression and dementia.
So far, it’s been shown that 50 deceased football players suffered from CTE before they died. Until recently, CTE could only be diagnosed through an autopsy. However, researchers are now able to detect CTE through special brain scanning techniques while patients are still alive. This new technology is an amazing step forward to assist football players in preventing further injury and/or the worsening of their conditions.
Football players, however, are not the only ones who may suffer repeated concussions and CTE. Military personnel, people involved in multiple car crashes, yoga practitioners and people in contact sports can suffer from concussions. That said, it may be difficult for some concussion victims to know that they have suffered from one. Indeed, they are not as obvious as a broken bone, swollen ankle and other kinds of injuries. When concussions go undetected and untreated, it can lead to worsened long-term effects.
Los Angeles residents who suffer from a concussion need to take lots of rest. In fact, rest is the most important remedy for the condition. If those who have a concussion or other kind of traumatic brain injury continue to participate in sports or other physical activity it may not give the body the time it needs to rest and heal.
Concussions and CTE can happen in so many different ways, like sports and other random accidents, but one of the most common causes of these and other kinds of brain injuries is car accidents. Those who suffer any kind of brain injury in a car accident caused by a negligent or unlawful driver’s actions may want to consider pursuing a personal injury claim to seek financial compensation to pay for their medical care and other damages.
Source: WebMD, “Concussions,” Amy McGorry, accessed Sep. 27, 2016