Repeated Hits Can Cause Brain Damage

Repeated Hits Can Cause Brain Damage

Concussions Not Only Cause

Repeated hits to the head, not just concussions, can cause chronic brain damage.

A new study in neurology journal Brain suggests that repeated hits to the head that don’t cause concussions can still cause damage that leads to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease. About 20% of CTE cases had no associated concussion, indicating that concussive hits aren’t the only cause.

The study of CTE has been difficult because it can only be diagnosed after death. A new test is being developed that could diagnose a living person.

In recent years, sports leagues and governing bodies have been taking steps to promote head injury awareness. USA Football launched its Heads Up Football safety program, and U.S. Soccer implemented rules to reduce head impacts in youth soccer. USIndoor Soccer also amended its rules, and its Referee Program requires all referees to take the Centers for Disease Control’s “Heads Up Online Training Course” and .

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