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How Can Football Injuries Cause Brain Damage?

Brain injuries and football have become a popular topic of discussion over the last several years. Specifically, many people are talking about the implications of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of damage found in the brains of deceased football players. The recent death of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez has also kept the discussion about CTE in the public spotlight. CTE continues to befuddle the medical community, but it is believed the condition is caused by repetitive brain trauma. Collisions during contact sports such as football cause frequent concussions which help foster the conditions for CTE to develop. CTE is a crippling condition that may cause memory loss, poor impulse control, depression, substance abuse disorder and a general loss of cognitive abilities. In addition to CTE, football players can also suffer from subdural hematomas, a type of bleeding that occurs between the surface of the brain and its outer…
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