Should parents be concerned about their kids playing sports?

10 Nov

By Princess McDowell, shades magazine

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy – CTE – is caused by repetitive brain trauma through both recognized concussions and smaller, sub-concussive blows. The repeated hits create a buildup of tau proteins, which kill nerve cells. Symptoms include dementia, depression and lack of impulse control.

Following reports that several professional athletes were found to have the illness after death, CTE has gained national attention recently. And in recent months, younger athletes are being diagnosed with having CTE – causing some parents to wonder how this may affect their children.

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