Football is back! However, that means that there will inevitably be an increase in severe injuries for professional, amateur, and even student athletes alike. Before we take the time to celebrate the return of such a beloved sport, it may be important to discuss the harsh reality of the dangers that come with it.
What is CTE?
CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) describes gradual brain function degeneration from multiple head injuries that are associated with both symptomatic and asymptomatic concussions. After the initial symptoms have abated, sometimes months or years later, new symptoms begin to develop.
Symptoms of CTE gradually progress. Some of the first signs may be issues with concentration and memory, as well as headaches, dizziness, and confusion. It can almost seem like the symptoms of a concussion are occurring despite not having sustained a head injury recently. It can also be associated with aggressive, erratic, and psychotic behavior.
The mental symptoms of CTE have a lot of overlap with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and dementia, including but not limited to speech problems and trouble walking. These symptoms increase progressively, and nothing can stop it.
Traumatic Brain Injuries and Headaches: Warning Signs.
A traumatic brain injury has the potential to cause long-lasting headaches. These headaches can keep occurring after a year, can make it extremely difficult to carry out the activities of daily living, and can even make it difficult to think or remember. They can occur after the initial healing has already taken place, and can be caused by multiple conditions such as:
- Brain damage from the injury.
- Neck or skull injuries that failed to properly heal.
- Medication side effects.
If you, a team mate, or a loved one has suffered from a concussion, or any sports related injury, schedule an appointment with Healthpointe today.