Repetitive Brain Trauma

"We knew it existed in boxing, but we didn't know it was living amongst us ... "

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CTE in all recorded cases, in all reported cases in the world's literature has always had a history of repetitive head trauma. We knew about in boxers, we kind of put it off in a little section of our mind Thinking it only affected boxers and we could see that they are hitting themselves we know it's a repetitive brain trauma. But we really did not think it was living amongst us. It wasn't living among some of our popular sports. It wasn't living among say, individuals who have multiple epileptic seizures, or people who that have been physically abused. But it's now been reported in these diseases. So we think any head trauma, repetitive mild trauma may cause this disease. Before we had no idea it existed.
Posted on BrainLine December 10, 2010.

Produced by Noel Gunther and Brian King, BrainLine.

About the author: Ann McKee, MD

Ann McKee, MD is the chief neuropathologist for the Framingham Heart Study and the Boston University-based Centenarian Study. She is also the chief neuropathologist for the Boston-based Veterans Administration Medical Centers and for the Sports Legacy Institute.

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