According to internet sources, CTE (or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) is defined as “a form of encephalopathy that is a progressive degenerative disease, which can only be definitively diagnosed postmortem, in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury. The disease was previously called dementia pugilistica (DP), as it was initially found in those with a history of boxing. CTE has been most commonly found in professional athletes participating in American football, ice hockey, professional wrestling and other contact sports who have experienced repetitive brain trauma.”
Tony Dorsett recently complained of showing CTE like symptoms just days after Brett Favre stated he “couldn’t remember my daughter playing youth soccer.”
Despite the empirical data and literature available regarding head injuries and the long-term effects of playing football, the sport continues to thrive in ratings and popularity among American youth.
As a parent, does the information and constantly developing CTE news impact you to the point where it deters you from letting your child play football this point going forward?