Head Hits Cause CTE, Footballers at High Risk

Head Hits Cause CTE, Footballers at High RiskCTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a brain disease which is caused by repetitive hits on the head and leads to depression, confusion and subsequently develop into full fledged dementia.

In a recent research, footballers were found to suffer from the disease very highly and it was reported in 34 players of National Football League (NFL). It was reported in a total of 68 people with majority of football players.

Apart from the NFL players with the disease, nine were football players in their colleges while six were high school footballers. The research was conducted by the Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.

According to the researchers, the disease begins with headaches and eventually develops into confusion and inability to judge things. In the final stage, it becomes full blown dementia. The disease is caused due to degeneration of the brain tissue following buildup of abnormal protein called tao.

"While it remains unknown what level of exposure to brain trauma is required to trigger CTE, there is no available evidence that occasional, isolated or well-managed concussions give rise to CTE", said Dr. Robert Cantu, the Co-Author of the study in a press statement.