Press Release: ‘Insufficient Evidence’ on Degenerative Brain Disease in Athletes

May 20, 2015 – Available research does not support the contention that athletes are uniquely at risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) or other neurodegenerative disorders, according to a review in the June issue of Neurosurgeryofficial journal of the Congress of Neurological SurgeonsThe journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

Widely reported and publicized cases of CTE in retired athletes overlap with other neurodegenerative disorders, while the observed symptoms could result from a wide range of other factors, suggests the review by Dr. Gavin A. Davis of Cabrini Medical Centre in Malvern, Victoria, Australia, and colleagues. They write, “[We] think there is insufficient evidence to establish a causal relationship between sports participation and the existence of modern CTE.”

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Click here to read “Neurodegeneration and Sport.”