Several findings from the recent CSTE study are significant for not only athletes but anyone who has suffered a concusion:
- The researchers found that the brain damage was extensive and clearly visible. The damage was found throughout the brain including in deep layers. The damage was not limited to only the superficial tissues of the brain.
- Degenerative brain disease caused by brain trauma is known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is the only known form of dementia that is fully preventable.
- The location of the brain damage is to areas that control a person's emotional response, rage, and breathing. This finding helps explain some of the personality changes seen in persons who have suffered a concussion.