Frank Gifford suffered from brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
CNN is reporting that former New York Giant and sportscaster Frank Gifford suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease associated with repetitive brain trauma. Originally, a disease of boxers, it has now been found in football players and other atheletes who experience repeated concussions or sub-concussive events. Ice Hockey, wrestling and other contact sports have been implicated. Gifford was known to have suffered a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) in his professional career. But other CTE sufferers have no known history of concussion or TBI. Indeed, recent evidence points to repeditive small brain insults as more likely resulting in CTE than a single moderate to severe head injury.
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