Anyone who has played a high-impact sport, such as football, understands that there is a risk of injury. However, the types of injuries most players would expect to encounter on the field are sprains, strains, or maybe a broken bone. However, according to research that has been conducted over the last several years, there is a high correlation between participation in high-impact sports and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Victims of this condition in New Mexico may be able to bring a New Mexico brain injury case against someone whose negligence led to the condition.
CTE is a brain disorder that is characterized by severe cognitive disorders, including depression, anxiety, memory loss, impulsive behavior, and substance abuse, and it has been linked to an increased risk of suicide. The disease is believed to be caused by repetitive blows to the head and has recently been linked to participation in contact sports throughout all levels, including high school and college. However, the presence of CTE in former football players is the greatest, with one recent report concluding that CTE was found in 110 of 111 players surveyed.
Currently, CTE can only be diagnosed through a post-mortem autopsy, which makes it difficult to determine if a current or former player is suffering from CTE or from other mental health issues that may have another cause. Researchers have estimated that there will be a way to diagnose CTE in living patients within a decade.