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Sports concussions debate: Does CTE really exist?

Date:
June 19, 2013
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Loyola University Health System
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Sports concussions are said to cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which causes depression, aggression, dementia, etc. But some researchers debate this.

It's been widely reported in the media that sports concussions and repeated hits to the head cause a progressive brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

CTE is said to cause such symptoms as memory loss, aggression, depression and progressive dementia. But there is debate in the scientific community over this theory. "I don't think CTE exists," said Christopher Randolph, PhD, ABPP a professor in the Department of Neurology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Two of the nation's leading sports concussion experts will debate the issue June 20 in Chicago during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). The format will be similar to the Obama-Romney presidential debates.

Randolph will debate Robert Stern, PhD, a leading proponent of the theory that sports concussions and hits to the head cause CTE. Stern is co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University. The program will be hosted and moderated by Aaron Nelson, PhD, ABPP, president of the AACN.


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