TFK_MIB Got to Me -
I worry about my future and CTE a lot. I'm 42 and I played football in high school and college (at fullback, a high impact position), boxed of and on since I was 14, and wrestled and MMA since about 16-17. I hate to think how many concussions I've had doing that, plus two concussions as a kid in which I lost consciousness (hit by a car when I was 8 and fell off a deck onto the paved driveway when I was about 12). I wonder what I will be like as I get older :/ I work with elderly patients now, many who have different forms of dementia and it is unbelievably sad.
Great post, hits home with me.
I started boxing at 7 and I continued till I was 12. Then I went into wrestling 100%. In college I was spiked on my head. I broke mu c5 and c6. I also lost consciousness, had a grade 2 concussion (memory loss) and loss of focus for years. By age 30, I entered MMA and resumed boxing and other striking arts. What I noticed right off the bat was how much getting hit in the head lingered with me after the fact. Some times it would be 3 days when I'd remember to finish a sentence or a thought from 3 days prior. I quit the team and moved to Vegas (from California) so that I could stay away from MMA and give my brain a break.
Today I refuse to put the gloves on in any sort of competitive capacity. I lightly train with my wife (she was into Mauy thai prior to our relationship) but nothing that has to do with hitting or getting hit above 15% power or so. As it is, I find myself making errors in writing that make me shake my head.
Example: I'll write a sentence and repeat repeat a word, right after having written it, seemingly for no reason. Or i'll be redundant.
Example: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy fox, because he's his quick. And inserting fox in place of dog.
Needless to say, I am not a big fan of head trauma inflicted on me or those I care about.