Research indicates a clear link between brain injuries and various debilitating neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Concussions are also called Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (MTBI) and are one of the most common neurologic disorders. They can occur when an impact or forceful motion of the head results in a brief alteration of mental status, such as confusion or disorientation, loss of memory for events immediately before or after the injury, or a loss of consciousness.
Our primary research focus is on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is also called Dementia pugilistica or “punch-drunk” syndrome. It occurs in people who have suffered multiple concussions. It commonly manifests as dementia, or declining mental ability, problems with memory, and parkinsonism, or tremors and lack of coordination. Patients with CTE may be prone to inappropriate or explosive behavior and may display pathological jealousy or paranoia.
CTE is appearing not only in boxers but also football players and other athletes. Traumatic brain injury is also the second most common injury sustained by U.S. troops involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and many believe it could lead to cases of CTE.