WHAT IS CTE

CTE stands for “chronic traumatic encephalopathy,” and is a type of degenerative brain condition that affects those who have suffered from concussions and sustained other forms of head trauma over a period of time. It is caused by a buildup of tau, which is an abnormal protein that strangles brain cells. The protein is found to affect areas of the brain that control memory, emotions, and other brain functions. CTE affects a wide range of people including athletes, military personnel, and countless others.

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WHO IS CTE

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy affects people from all walks of life; men, women, athletes, soldiers, abused women and children and people with disabilities. Even if you don't suffer a concussion, milder, repeated head trauma may eventually result in CTE.

Here are the stories of a few people who have been either diagnosed with CTE or with symtoms consistent with CTE. By sharing their stories we hope we can help you better understand the symptoms and scope of this debilitating condition.