AFLW participant first girl recognized with CTE: Report


Adelaide AFLW premiership participant Heather Anderson is the primary recognized skilled feminine athlete to be recognized with the degenerative mind illness persistent traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Anderson, a member of the Crows’ flag-winning workforce in 2017, took her personal life in November final 12 months on the age of 28.

The Australian Sports activities Mind Financial institution has recognized Anderson as having had low-stage CTE and three lesions in her mind, in keeping with the ABC.

The financial institution’s director Professor Michael Buckland mentioned the analysis, reported within the Springer Medical Journal, is critical.

“Whereas we’ve been discovering CTE in males for fairly a while, I believe that is actually the tip of the iceberg,” he informed the ABC’s 7.30 Report.

“And it’s an actual pink flag that now girls are taking part [in contacts sports] simply as males are, that we’re going to begin seeing increasingly more CTE instances in girls.”

Anderson’s father, Brian Anderson, mentioned the analysis was “a shock however not a shock”.

“Now that this report has been printed, I’m type of making an attempt to consider the way it would possibly play out for feminine sportspeople all over the place,” he informed the ABC.

“Suicide, it’s a troublesome one, it’s a troublesome technique to see your baby die, it’s robust to see your baby die anyway.

“However suicide causes you to re-examine every thing, to have a look at each interplay.”

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