The consequences of concussions

Megan Lynn Mullins, feature writer

Boston University is leading studies in effects of multiple concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). With these studies they will be able to research long-term effects on concussions and also get a better insight in CTE.

A concussion is a mildly traumatic brain injury that can cause dizziness, nausea, reduce concentration, memory problems, headaches, depression and also disturbed sleep. Although a concussion is only mildly traumatic and should be cleared within six weeks, having them repeatedly can cause even more serious issues such as CTE.

CTE is a progressive degenerative disease that can cause symptoms such as memory loss, confusion, aggression, depression, anxiety, parkinsonism and eventually progressive dementia. The severity of this disease and lack of information is why researchers need to gain knowledge in order to help the current patients suffering, the individuals at risk and the future athletes that have a chance of suffering from this disease one day.
One way that the researchers at Boston University are learning more about CTE is having athletes who have suffered multiple concussions and head traumas donate their brains to be studied upon.

Recently this past week soccer star Brandi Chastain released that she would be donating her brain in order to gain further knowledge. She joined a group of sports figures such as her former teammate Cindy Parlow Cone, who also has donated her brain in order to help those who are suffering. Although a woman has never suffered from CTE they believe this is only because their sample size of athletes have been so small. So with help from former sports stars like Brandi they have a better chance at gaining knowledge for women in the future who could suffer from CTE.

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