Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease believed to be directly linked to concussions and repeated trauma to the head, is most commonly associated with the National Football League (NFL). Understanding CTE is imperative for traumatic brain in jury victims.  CTE has been found in the brains of dozens of former NFL players. It is only after an athlete’s death, however, that CTE can be officially diagnosed. Suspecting the affliction, many professional football players have had their brains donated to science after their deaths in an effort to further research about this disease. But it’s not only football players – professional soccer players, swimmers, and race car drivers who have experienced head injuries are also making promises to donate their brains to scientific research after their deaths.

Diagnosis and Symptoms of CTE

Understnading CTECTE symptoms do not typically appear until years after the brain trauma has occurred, according to Boston University’s CTE Center. One of the most unfortunate elements of CTE though, however, is that the disease can only be diagnosed for certain after death. While a potential sufferer is still alive, the symptoms can include:

  • Erratic behavior
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Aggression
  • Mood swings
  • Violent tendencies
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating

How Does CTE Develop?

Concussions are difficult to diagnose in general, which is why so many athletes often go right back into game play after a hit to the head, a collision with another player, or a bad fall. This makes the players susceptible to serious traumatic brain injuries, particularly among high school athletes. The NFL has become far more diligent about testing players for a concussion after a hard hit, but the fact remains that these players suffer head injuries over and over again throughout their years of game play. CTE is not a surprising diagnosis for many of them.

Many concussion symptoms resolve themselves within a few weeks, but for some head injury sufferers, the symptoms can last for months or years. This is known as post-concussion syndrome. The syndrome, though, is typically known to resolve before CTE symptoms begin to appear. Ultimately, the takeaway is that CTE could be festering in the brain after so many hits to the head, but science has yet to identify how to stop the disease in its tracks, cure it, or at the very least, temper it.

Should You Worry About CTE?

The U.S. National Electronic Injury Surveillance System reports that the top five sports for concussions, in order, are: football, cycling, basketball, soccer, and baseball. If your youth, teen, or college-aged child plays any of these contact sports, CTE is of course a possibility. While one concussion does not indicate a stained future, it is essential that any head injuries be properly diagnosed by a brain specialist and given time to heal.

Christensen Law – Your Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of someone else’s negligence, or if you were misdiagnosed with a concussion that has led to more serious health problems, hire an attorney who is experienced in traumatic brain injury cases. Talk to Michigan traumatic brain injury attorney David Christensen about handling your case.



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I suffered Traumatic Brain Injury when struck by a vehicle while walking. My recovery was a long uphill battle; I had little energy to expend on daily routines and even LESS on caring for my home and life. I wondered how I could continue into the future with the difficulties I faced.

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V. Watkins

I never knew attorneys could be so accessible and kind. They fought for me all the way to the end. They had to take my case to trial and they won me a great settlement. Now I have a secure future.


HH, Davison

I was treated very nicely and professionally with a lot of consideration and compassion for my disabilities suffered in a horrible car accident. Mr. Christensen and Sarah Stempky made sure I understood what was happening with my case and that everything was pulled together.

LG, Stockbridge

As an accident victim I had to have my leg amputated and I was in bad shape overall. David Christensen was a light in that experience. I ended up with an entire home modification to accommodate my disabilities. It was a very stubborn insurance company but David wouldn’t take no for an answer.

CB, Milford

If I had questions or worries Dave would address them with me because he knows what he is doing. I think the world of him. I felt he went above and beyond to turn a really bad situation around. I have hope now where before I felt powerless and miniscule and that these big insurance companies were just going to railroad me.

DT, Jackson

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