Renee Tuck, sister of ex-Richmond player Shane Tuck, took up the challenge of seeing her brother go missing due to re-brain injuries

Tuck, a member of Life in Richmond, committed suicide in July 2020 at the age of 38 Post-mortem research revealed that he had a severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a rare brain disease that was associated with repeated blows to the head

CTE is a degenerative disease of the brain that cannot be diagnosed until a person has died.There is evidence that cognition, mental health, and memory are declining

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“He got very confused. It got a bit vague and sometimes you had to ask him three times and that’s where it really started to snow from there,” revealed Renee Tuck in the 60 minutes of Channel 9

“Unfortunately we tried medication, we tried electroconvulsive surgery where the brain zaps because of depression. Nothing you would look at him and know he was leaving us

“He started grabbing and his motor skills were becoming demented and I knew from a year as a family trying to get him back that we were in big trouble”

Before the 2021 season, both the AFL and NRL introduced longer periods of time for players to pause after concussions

The Australian Sports Brain Bank currently holds over 20 athletes’ brains, countless more of whom will donate more if they die in the future

“We don’t know how common it is (CTE), but we do know that it is quite rare outside the context of recurrent head injuries,” said Associate Professor Michael Buckland

“You can imagine hitting the head with the brain sloshing around and hitting the side of the skull

“The subject is repeated hits on the head Any sport that involves a lot of hits on the head puts you at risk”

Buckland noted that it was “quite a shock” to see Tuck’s brain when presented to him because it was so difficult he didn’t even need a microscope to diagnose it

“This is the first time I’ve seen it with the naked eye, and I was particularly impressed I couldn’t believe I saw someone so young,” he said

Renee Tuck himself had the chance to meet Buckland and saw firsthand how deeply affected her brother’s brain was compared to a normal 40-year-old person

“(There were) so many emotions The reality of knowing what he went through every day and how hard it really was and how hard he fought for his life and for us,” she said

“That was a bit of a stitch. He was broken and devastated, tormented and traumatized every day of his life. He lived the hell this boy

“He actually left a tortured life on earth, Professor Buckland, explaining how bad his brain was, makes me so much better understand where he came from when he said,” I’m not okay”

“A broken arm is a broken arm and needs a cast and is repaired But when someone’s brain rots on it and it turns on them and makes a war for themselves every day, even if they try to keep going like one could ever expect someone to prevail, I don’t know

“I would love this (if more athletes donated their brains) It would be selfless and heroic and amazing. That’s what it’s all about and ultimately it saves lives”

Shane Tuck, cte

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