CTE is a progressive degenerative disease found in people who have suffered repetitive brain trauma including sub concussive hits to the head that do not cause immediate symptoms. Originally known as “Punch-Drunk” it was typically found in boxers. Nowadays it’s most commonly found in those participating in American Football, Football, ice hockey as well as professional wrestling. Being “Punch-drunk” comes with wonderful side effects similar to dementia which may appear years or even decades after trauma.
“These findings confirm that the danger of exposure to CTE is not limited to just football, hockey, and wrestling,’’ Dr. Omalu said in an interview to Boston Globe. “Mixed martial arts is also a dangerous sport, and it’s time for everyone to embrace the truth.”
Now the latest development in the study of CTE is claiming scientists will be able to detect the likelihood of developing CTE based on a simple blood test.
Boston University’s School of Medicine released the findings of a study into chronic trauamtic encephalopathy (CTE) and Alzheimer’s disease that could lead to new methods of detecting CTE in living brains.
BU’s experts narrowed in on a protein named CCL11 which has shown do decline cognitive functions in both mice and humans. Levels of CCL11 naturally increase in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) as humans age. CSF is a liquid that exists between the brain and the inner lining of the skull. CCL11 and related molecules play a role in neuroinflammation and neuordegeneration.
New study states that increased levels of CCL11 have also been observed in the brains and CSF of individuals who have been diagnosed – post-mortem – with CTE. The CTE infected brains in the study belonged to individuals who had played football. The study showed that the levels of CCL11 in the brain increased depending on how long those individuals had played football.
John Kavanagh expressed the concerns of Conor McGregor (and many other fighters last year):
Kavangh said: “It’s a concern of every fighter. At that level of fighting the risk is very real, I think you can add on two hands the number of clean head shots Conor has taken in 10 years of pro-fighting. His style of fighting answers that, because his style is not brawling. He doesn’t step in the pocket and exchange punches.”
The fears of head injury previously surfaced in November 2015, when McGregor told UK’s GQ Magazine that he is looking to exit the sport at a relatively young age. The Irishman said: “I know that in the fighting game, you get people who get brain damage and do themselves long-term harm,”