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A 28-year-old male asked:

I tried mma for 2 weeks and may have gotten a mild concussion. felt stunned, but nothing after & no headache. i continued going to class & getting hit in the head. i stopped now, but could this have initiated cte by not letting the concussion heal?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 24 years experience
CTE: The best available evidence tells us that CTE is caused by repetitive hits to the head sustained over a period of years. This doesn’t mean a handful of concussions: most people diagnosed with CTE suffered hundreds or thousands of head impacts over the course of many years. Some common changes seen include impulse control problems, aggression, depression and paranoia. Avoid hits to the head.
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
#1. You shouldn’t be sparring with head shots on your 2nd week of MMA unless you have prior boxing or kickboxing training! #2 Wait till your brain is back to “normal” before returning to the ring.
Feb 13, 2021
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
The above was meant to be an answer to the question, bot an answer to the answer!
Feb 13, 2021

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