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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease found in people who have had multiple head injuries. Symptoms may include behavioral problems, mood problems, and problems with thinking. This typically does not begin until years after the injuries. It often gets worse over time and can result in dementia. It is unclear if the risk of suicide is altered.

Most documented cases have occurred in athletes involved in contact sports such as American football, wrestling, boxing, ice hockey, rugby and soccer. Other risk factors include being in the military, prior domestic violence, and repeated banging of the head.The exact amount of trauma required for the condition to occur is unknown. Definitive diagnosis can only occur at autopsy. It is a form of tauopathy.

As of 2018, there is no specific treatment. Rates of disease have been found to be about 30% among those with a history of multiple head injuries. Population rates, however, are unclear. Research into brain damage as a result of repeated head injuries began in the 1920s, at which time the condition was known as dementia pugilistica or “punch drunk syndrome”. Changing the rules in some sports has been discussed as a means of prevention.

The Dr. Vibe Show™ and The Good Men Project are hosting You, me & CTEYou, me & CTE is a series of conversations on and about Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Kimberly Archie is the co-founder of the National Cheer Safety FoundationSave Your Brain and Faces of CTE. She is heralded as the nation’s leading advocate and expert on the prevention of the maltreatment of child athletes. Her legal work has been used to settle more than 50 sports injury lawsuits since 2008, including the landmark NFL brain injury case, and US Soccer litigation that removed headers for kids 10 and under.

She is a 39 year brain injury thriver, and mother of 3 who lost her son, Paul Bright Jr. in 2014 to the mind robbing brain disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

During our conversation, Ms. Archie talked about:

– Some of her background including being an advocate for the underdog and serving for a greater good from a young age
– How she got involved with fighting for children who get head injuires participating in sports
– The story of her daughter being injured while doing gymnastics
– People (eg. helmet companies, leagues) not being responsible when it comes to this issue
– The story behind her involvement with children and brain injuries through sport since 2009 and the support that she has received from former NFL players
– Her experiences dealing with helmet makers
– The growth of flag football
– How parents have more access to information on brain injuries due to sports and how has the sports environment for children has changed
– Her thoughts on the National Football League, race and CTE
– What has been her toughest battle
– Her words for parents
– She thinks what football will look like ten years from now

You can contact Ms. Archie via:

Twitter
Faces Of CTE
National Cheer Safety Foundation
Save Your Brain Campaign
Save Your Brain Project – Facebook
Phone: (800) 596-7860

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