Mike Adamle: Is yet another NFL player a victim of CTE?

Epileptic seizures were the first sign of what doctors believe is Chronic Traumatic Encepelopathy

SUMMARY:Former NFL player Mike Adamle battles what appears to be Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy, a degenerative brain disease that can afflict professional athletes.

Mike Adamle, age 67, is a former NFL player who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, and Chicago Bears. He is suffering from epilepsy and dementia, a combination that doctors say may indicate that Adamle is suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy, otherwise known as CTE.

What is CTE?

CTE is a degenerative brain disease that gets worse over time. The illness was first identified in boxers who took repeated blows to the head. In recent years, other athletes have been investigated including professional football, baseball, soccer, and rugby players.

The disorder can only be officially diagnosed with an autopsy after death, but research shows that there are a few common symptoms among sufferers before they pass away. These symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Loss of impulse control
  • Impaired judgment
  • Aggression
  • Dementia

Adamle’s fight

Adamle has many of the symptoms that are consistent with CTE including episodes of rage, mood swings, anxiety, memory loss, and dementia.

He was surprised to receive the diagnosis and is doing his best to remain strong despite the uphill battle ahead of him. “When the bad days become more than the good days then you start worrying,” says Adamle.

FROM THE HHN EDITORS: Our thoughts and prayers go out to Adamle, his family, and his caregivers. We applaud him for his bravery in coming forward to share his story.

Source: Peggy Kusinski, NBC Chicago 5

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