Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease that primarily affects athletes in contact sports and other individuals who have a history of repetitive brain trauma. CTE mostly stems from repeated concussions, and it is difficult to diagnose while a person is still alive. Because of this, any ‘diagnosis’ is based on a variety of symptoms that have been associated with the disease.

These include:

  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Memory problems

Why Focus on CTE

As a former member of the NFL, our founder, Ben Williams, is all too familiar with the implications of CTE for footballers and athletes of other contact sports. Most athletes and other at-risk groups don’t understand the issues associated with concussions. Because of this, they are not in a position to take the best possible care of their health.

Given that this disease can affect persons in any contact sport and at any age, Ben is motivated to ensure that athletes get to their full potential on and off the field. Ben aims along with his foundation to help those in need by doing the following:

  • Better concussion diagnosis
  • Testing for CTE
  • Finding innovative treatment methods
  • Providing specialized After-Care
  • Offering family and spousal support

The Ben Williams Foundation is committed to contributing to the prevention of CTE through research, education, and advocacy. Join Ben and his foundation in their efforts to reduce or eliminate CTE in sports at an early age and protecting the lives of those involved.