Doctors Say Dave Mirra Is The First Extreme Athlete Diagnosed With CTE
The family of BMX legend Dave Mirra revealed he had the brain disease CTE, which may have contributed to his suicide in February.By Grant Suneson | May 24, 2016
For years, we've known the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) can result from contact sports, like football and boxing, but now there's evidence extreme sports athletes can be at risk as well.
CTE is a degenerative disease that occurs when protein deposits, thought to be caused by repeated head trauma, build up in a person's brain. Those deposits can often lead to dementia and depression. Currently, there's no known treatment, and a diagnosis can only be made at autopsy.