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Connor Martin and his family donated his brother Kevin Ash's and evidence of CTE was discovered, a condition that can only be diagnosed after death. Kevin's family encourages others to donate as well so we can learn more about brain injuries and CTE.
Would Connor Martin's brother, veteran and athlete Kevin Ash, have lived his life differently if he'd know more about traumatic brain injury? Connor doesn't think so. But Connor knows the dangers now and he tries to make things safer when he's active.
Connor Martin's brother Kevin Ash sustained blast injuries during his deployments. When he returned to the States he found comradery by joining a rugby team. Unfortunately, a simple tackle resulted in a coma and significant large term effects.
Punch drunk, dementia pugilistica, post-traumatic encephalopathy, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy — same criteria of diagnosis, the same patterns of change seen in the brain. Dr. Ann McKee explains.
Genes, sleep, an active mind, and when a person starts playing football may all play a factor in the development of CTE. Dr. Ann McKee explains what researchers have learned, and what's on the horizon.