Revealed: Legendary footy coach and player Steve Folkes had a degenerative brain disease CTE before his sudden death
- Canterbury Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes had a degenerative brain disease CTE
- CTE is linked to repeated concussions and strokes that do not cause symptoms
- Folkes died at the age of 59 as a result of a heart attack in February last year
Legendary NRL player and former Canterbury Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes had CTE degenerative brain disease before his sudden death.
Folkes, who died in February last year due to a heart attack, is the first Australian rugby competition player to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
CTE is found in former players of American football, ice hockey, football, rugby union and others who were exposed to repeated head injuries.
Family and investigators revealed the legendary player and coach of the Canterbury Bulldogs Steve Folkes (photo) had a degenerative brain disease related to repeated concussions and blows that do not cause any signs or symptoms
Folkes, who died in February last year due to a heart attack, is the first Australian rugby competition player to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). On the day of his funeral, Folkes placed daughter Hayley Shaw and son Dan
Researchers and clinicians from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW Health and the Brain and Mind Center of the University of Sydney have shown that they had discovered CTE in two donated brains from ex-middle-aged professionals.
They did not name the players, but said the donated brains were from former players who played more than 150 NRL games for many years.
& # 39; We don't want to be alarming, but Dad had some problems and he took care of himself. If his story can help some of his friends and then help more research, that's what we want from it, & # 39; Folkes & # 39; daughter Hayley Shaw told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Chief author professor Michael Buckland said that he told Hayley and Dan (the son of Folkes) that their father died with CTE, rather than from it.
& # 39; I am very grateful that Hayley and Dan have given us that permission. I feel very moved. In a way, this gives me a lot of hope that we are not the US and it will not end up in the courts. Maybe we can work it out in a much better way than overseas. & # 39;
Folkes, who died at the age of 59, played between 1978 and 1991 245 premierhood games for Canterbury Bulldogs, who appeared in six major finals and won four.
Between 1998 and 2008, he coached the club in 288 NRL games and in 2004 won the premiership.
He also played nine games of State of Origin for New South Wales and five tests for Australia between 1986 and 1988
Some former retired players are planning to start a class action lawsuit against the NRL.
The NRL is supposed to be concerned that any legal action would follow in the footsteps of the National Football League in the United States, where former players took action against the competition.
Folkes played 245 premiership games for the Canterbury Bulldogs between 1978 and 1991, appeared in six major finals and won four
More than $ US500 million was eventually paid out, but legal experts have suggested a major difference that the NFL has obscured its knowledge of the consequences of a concussion.
The disease, originally called punch-drunk syndrome to describe the plight of former boxers, can often lead to depression and other behavioral disorders in younger people.
Symptoms in the elderly, however, cannot be distinguished from Alzheimer's disease.
It can only be determined with confidence by examining the brain after death.
More than 80 athletes have promised to donate their brains to the Australian Sports Brain Bank, founded by Associate Professor Buckland in 2018.
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