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Connick says CTE is more prevalent than most think

Connick says CTE is more prevalent than most think

A Former W.W.E. Wrestler Taps In Against Concussion Deniers

Connick, 34, said he suffered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from concussions as a kid at his old school, but he didn’t feel doctors around him had adequately diagnosed CTE.

“We didn’t know how to deal with it,” Connick tells Yahoo Sports. “It was just in our heads, and we didn’t know what was normal or not.” But he says the idea that his symptoms should be dismissed as a result of his concussion history is just wrong. And he thinks there is a chance that CTE could be more prevalent than most think.

“I think it has been very well documented,” Connick said of CTE. “But it was hard to get people to see the evidence. It took me two years to prove it, and now I’m going forward to prove it again.”

Connick, who wrestled from 1987 to 1989, says he suffered from a variety of physical injuries during his time on the mats, from concussions to leg injuries to a bout with type 1 diabetes.

He says he suffered a concussion as a young kid, and was later told to never return to the mat. So he didn’t.

“I broke my leg from wrestling, and I tried to play rugby for 5 years. It took too much time off for that injury to heal, and I ended up having to retire,” Connick said. “There was no pain. But I still didn’t want to take another risk.”

Connick also says he battled a career-threatening infection in 1993 while competing in Australia.

“I came back from Australia in about 3 weeks, and they said, ‘Your leg is infected,’” Connick said. “I had to go to the hospital.”

Connick was told he had two weeks to live after

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