Brain trauma in youth may trigger chronic traumatic encephalopathy

26-year-old Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry looked 18. But after he died in a bizarre incident, Henry’s brain was found to have been suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, even though he had suffered no known concussions in college or the NFL, leading to speculation his brain troubles might stem from trauma suffered in his youth or high school.

This sad story suggests parents and youth sports leagues should be extra cautious about activities that may lead to brain trauma.

Read more about CTE, also called “dementia pugilistica”.

Posted by James on Monday, June 28, 2010