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Head In The Game: Brain Disease in Soccer Players

It’s not a surprise when hearing about the link between Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and football. CTE is a brain disease that spreads after repeated blows to the head, and causes rapid dementia and can trigger severe depression. Yet the disease might be spreading to another different kind of football — or futbol. Recently, doctors at Boston University’s CTE Center confirmed the first known case of CTE in a former soccer player’s brain.

Patrick Grange, who played college and semi-professional soccer, was known for his ability to head the ball aggressively. He died in 2012 of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Immediately after, researchers obtained his brain for study and concluded his brain tissue was riddled with CTE. It’s not known for sure that CTE caused him to develop Lou Gehrig’s disease, yet it raises questions about the negative effects of heading a soccer ball.

Dr. Juan Rivera joins Jorge Ramos and AM Tonight’s Alicia Menendez to discuss the potential dangers.

Head In The Game: Brain Disease in Soccer Players

It’s not a surprise when hearing about the link between Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and football. CTE is a brain disease that spreads after repeated blows to the head, and causes rapid dementia and can trigger severe depression. Yet the disease might be spreading to another different kind of football — or futbol. Recently, doctors at Boston University’s CTE Center confirmed the first known case of CTE in a former soccer player’s brain.

Patrick Grange, who played college and semi-professional soccer, was known for his ability to head the ball aggressively. He died in 2012 of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Immediately after, researchers obtained his brain for study and concluded his brain tissue was riddled with CTE. It’s not known for sure that CTE caused him to develop Lou Gehrig’s disease, yet it raises questions about the negative effects of heading a soccer ball.

Dr. Juan Rivera joins Jorge Ramos and AM Tonight’s Alicia Menendez to discuss the potential dangers.

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