Lexi Halem

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Kerry Slingluff did her senior Ulysses fair project on the relationship between playing football and developing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain that is caused by, “a lot of concussive and subconcussive blows to the head” (Slingluff). CTE can cause, “aggression, impulse control issues, depression, and emotional changes” (Slingluff). CTE is commonly found in athletes who play contact sports, but Kerry’s project focused on the relationship between playing football and developing CTE. There is no treatment for the disease because it can only by performing an autopsy after the individual’s death.

Kerry was influenced by the movie Concussion when choosing her topic for the project, she felt that she could go a level deeper in her analysis which would make her project more advanced.

Kerry also chose this topic simply because she really enjoys watching football and has many friends who play the sport. With so many injuries occurring from contact sports nowadays, it makes this presentation that much more effective because she is informing you student athletes about the precautions to take to stay safe. This is also related to a hot debate that has been in the news about whether or not football players need to wear more protective padding when playing.

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