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CTE: What Is It And Who’s At Risk?

The chances are good you’ve heard of “CTE” by now, but might not know exactly what it means. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a brain condition associated with repeated blows to the head and with the development of dementia.

The symptoms of CTE are similar to those associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Unfortunately, since CTE can only be found in the brain after a person had died, there is currently a lot we don’t know about it and there is no cure yet.

Right now, the best thing people can do to avoid getting CTE is to stay away from situations and activities that include repeated hits to the head. According to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, CTE has been found in:

CTE has been found in football players.

Athletes: Specifically, sports that contain a lot of violence or emphasis on using the head. The sports with the most cases of CTE include:

  • Football (Over 200 cases)
  • Hockey
  • Boxing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Pro wrestling
CTE has been found in over 25 military veterans.

Military Veterans: CTE has been found in the brains of over 25 veterans as a result of injuries from blasts and other violent causes.

While these two groups have the highest risk of being stricken with CTE, there are multiple others who could get it as well. If at all possible, learn the signs and symptoms of CTE and do your best to avoid violent situations. It can be hard, especially when you’re in a sport you love, but it might be worth giving up if it means saving your brain.

This blog post should not be taken as medical or legal advice. If you’re in Alabama and you’ve experienced a head injury at work or from the fault of another person, we can help you receive compensation.

Liddon Law Firm works with victims of all types of brain injuries on a routine basis. We understand the physical and mental strain injuries like TBI can cause. We’ll connect you with the treatment options and medical care you need, first and foremost. You will be treated with the utmost respect and patience as we work to recover the compensation you need to care for your injury, long-term.

Call 205-224-5675 today or fill out the form for a free consultation with our Birmingham, Alabama law firm.