What is chronic traumatic encephalopathy?

POSTED: 04:48 PM PDT May 06, 2012    UPDATED: 12:43 PM PDT Apr 27, 2016 

Here is an explainer about CTE -- the progressive brain disease that is at the center of a debate between retired athletes and multiple sports leagues.

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NFL great Junior Seau's suicide at age 43 in May 2012 prompted discussions about brain trauma. Studies after his death by the National Institutes of Health concluded that Seau had suffered from CTE.

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