Numerous professional athletes have spoken about the effects of repetitive concussions on their lives after sports. Many believe their head impacts have affected their physical and mental health. Before their passing, many athletes with CTE struggled with things like depression, anxiety, trouble thinking, emotional instability, problems with coordination, and constant headaches. In a Webinar, Kevin Drake, a former NFL player, talks about how he believes repetitive head injuries have affected his life after football. He says that since retiring from the game, he has developed things like anxiety, depression, and ADD, which Drake contributes to the number of concussions he suffered while playing football. While it is impossible to say with 100% certainty that Drake has CTE, his symptoms align perfectly with other athletes diagnosed with CTE. For more information on CTE, please visit United Brain Association.org and select Brain Resources.
The relationship between head trauma and CTE has been demonstrated for over 20 years. There is no known cure for this debilitating brain disease; however, the incidence of CTE can be lessened, and possibly eliminated, by using proper techniques and advanced technologies to reduce head injuries. For additional information on Technique and Technology, please visit United Brain Association.org and go to Blogs: technique-technology-and-concussions.
Research is progressing in the field of “In Living” diagnostics, and treatments are also being developed. Awareness of the long-term impacts of repetitive head injury is a key step in prevention. Post-concussion protocols continue to improve the identification and treatment of head injuries, but they are only as effective as a player’s desire to follow them. Adhering to these protocols also applies to parents and coaches. It is everyone’s intent to make contact sports as safe as possible, both for the players of today and the sports alums of tomorrow.
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