About Patrick Risha, and his unseen battle with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Learn more about Patrick, and his life. The Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation was established to honor the life and memory of Patrick Risha.
CTE is an acronym for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. It is progressive brain damage, which is caused by repeated blows to the head…
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma. This trauma, which includes multiple concussions, triggers progressive degeneration of the brain tissue, including the build-up of an abnormal protein called tau. These changes in the brain can begin months, years, or even decades after the last concussion or end of active athletic involvement. Read more: What is CTE.
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