For The Love Of The Game: Concussions in Sports

June 3rd, 2014

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Competitors in sports are willing to risk any and everything to be one of the greatest of all-time. The problem is the effects that are felt afterwards throughout the rest of their lifetime. Over time, studies have shown how we all react to getting a concussion. Most athletes, during a game, don’t even realize they have fallen victim to receiving a concussion. Specific protocols are followed to the letter in sports today, which have lowered the risk of long term damage to those players. The question now is, is it too late for others whom deal with these issues everyday, to ever overcome this disability?

As per the definition, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a form of encephalopathy that is a progressive degenerative disease, which can currently only be definitively diagnosed postmortem, in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury. There has been a recent discovery when of an exosome particle created by the brain which has been shown to contain trace proteins indicating the presence of the disease, however, a test is not yet available.

Junior Seau is one of the most recent players that has fallen victim to having being diagnosed with this disease. Seau, in May of 2012, took his own life because of mental health issues that, was claimed, to have been plaguing him during the later parts of his lifetime. It was discovered by The National Health Institute, that Seau had been dealing with CTE. Recently, more than 15 former NFL Players including Dan Marino, have filed a lawsuit against the NFL for having to deal with the log-term effects of concussions and the repercussions that have come from it. Other athletes in other sports have also dealt with CTE, particularly those who play soccer and baseball. Studies are now showing that countless headers in soccer and pitches to the head area, can now lead to increasingly concern for CTE.

Although there is now better protective equipment in sports, still the desire to have a young child develop into a potential superstar is increasing the concern for how soon they will develop CTE; if in fact, they ever suffer a concussion at such a young age. Athletes are getting stronger, faster, and better as the years go on; which increases the risk of more reckless accidents. Competitors should always be concerned for their safety and well-being before it is too late.

Joshua J. Horton
GTech Sport Promotions / Entertainment Director / Health & Wellness Consultant
horton@gtechsport.com
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