Julie Kedzie suffers from symptoms consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy
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BY Minuto News
Julie Kedzie, former UFC fighter, participated in an in-depth interview with BBC Sport this Wednesday, sharing the complex challenges that have marked her life since she decided to end her professional MMA career in 2013.
Throughout his career, Kedzie accumulated an impressive record of 16 wins and 13 losses in 29 official fights, becoming a notable figure in the world of mixed martial arts. However, after her retirement, she faced a series of adversities, revealing internal struggles with depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, impulsivity and insomnia.
What makes his situation even more intriguing is the possible relationship to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition that can only be diagnosed posthumously. Kedzie, now 42, has openly discussed her decision to donate her brain to science, aiming to contribute to advances in understanding this specific problem.
“To me, it seems like a very normal thing to do,” Kedzie said. She added: “I’ve been hit in the head many times throughout my career, so I think it’s crucial to explore what’s inside and whether we can extract valuable information. If there’s a way to continue advancing this field and at the same time, contribute to the women’s cause, so I’m definitely up for it.”
Kedzie’s courage in sharing her journey not only highlights the challenges athletes face after their careers, but also highlights the importance of advances in understanding the long-term implications of sports-related injuries. His proactive attitude toward scientific research offers a valuable and inspiring perspective for the future of sport and athlete health.
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