art of darkness: a story of CTE
this is the story of Greg Ploetz
Chronic Traumatic Encephalapathy (CTE) is a progressive and degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head trauma
CTE can only be diagnosed by an autopsy after death
CTE has been found in football players' brains as young as 18 years old as well as players that have not played in decades. It has also been found in other athletes that experience cuncussions and subconcussive hits to the head
CTE is different than Alzheimer's and other dementias. Its symptoms can include confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, memory loss, and eventually progressive dementia.
This information was gathered from the CTE Center at Boston University.
For more information on CTE and BU's work please visit http://www.bu.edu/cte/