New CTE study & what it means for kids

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy can start early and without any signs of concussion, according a study released Thursday.

The Alzheimer’s-like disease has been most commonly associated with former professional football players, but has also been detected in military veterans, including many who have been exposed to roadside bombs and other types of military blasts.

Previous studies have shown that repetitive hits to the head — even without concussion — can result in CTE, but scientists said this is the most definitive study to date to find this connection.

Dr. Alan Shahtaji, Co-Director of the Sports Concussion Clinic joined Good Morning San Diego to talk about the new data.

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