CTE is a brain disease that is often found in those individuals with repetitive brain trauma. CTE is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. A protein, called Tau, forms in the brain following these episodes of injury. The protein causes “clumps” to form. When these clumps begin to spread throughout the Brain, it cause death to the brain cells.
Athlete’s deaths over the last several years and especially recently with Gaines Adams’ death last week have triggered talks by the NFL on the evaluation process for its professional football players. The National Football League has created their own Cardiovascular committee and are considering putting into play a heart scan called an echocardiogram.