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Progressive brain disease may affect football players

Football has long been an American pastime, but recent research has uncovered evidence that throwing around the old pigskin may be more than just a game. For Schenectady residents with a loved one who plays football in high school, college or professionally, the injuries one can sustain during the game may be a serious concern. Our attorneys at Bendall & Mednick are familiar with the long-term complications someone can get from serious brain injuries like concussions.

According to NBC News, it is not only concussions that can present a hazard to football players. A Nigerian doctor discovered brain damage in late professional football players that was caused by repeated blows to the head, which are similar to the damage that boxers often sustain. The disease, called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), causes symptoms similar to dementia, which may begin early in life and progress to the point where you could begin to be significantly impaired in late middle age.

These symptoms may include mood changes, depression, aggressive behavior, difficulty thinking and concentrating, memory problems and, in the advanced stages of the disease, everyday activities being seriously affected. Currently, there is no way to diagnose CTE in living patients, but federal funding has been set aside to find ways to accurately diagnose the illness and treat sufferers.

As you can imagine, a false or missed diagnosis of any type of traumatic brain injury can be devastating for you and your family. You may learn more about head trauma and brain injuries by visiting our page on the topic.

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