“Judo was my life, but I didn’t want to be like vegetables,” says former Judo Marina Oralte.

Marina Oralte, a former judoka of the French team, had everything to succeed in her sport. She passed Paul Espoir and Paul France, and then at the National Institute of Sport, Specialty and Performance (Insep), she built her great achievements at the age of only 20.4th champion France as a cadet, European champion by junior team, deputy champion by junior team Category less than 70kg. But four years ago, Marina Olarte had to draw a line under Judo after too many concussion. This will bring her lifelong consequences.

Currently, he has a master’s degree in entrepreneurship strategy and business development, and has rebuilt his life far from tatami mats. franceinfo: In the case of sport, she must face this challenge alone in the face of how chronic traumatic encephalopathy (ETC) manifested and her medical and sporting denials on this subject. I will tell you if it wasn’t there.

Franceinfo: Sports: How was your ETC born?

Marina Oralte: I have been the victim of about 10 concussion in my life over the years with more or less severe shock. I often stabbed my head into the mat because I had a very aggressive judo style. The last shock I received occurred at the French Senior Championship four years ago. I finished in 5th place, but I don’t have much memories of the fight. The shock was intense and I was arrested for two weeks.

“Then I was reopened for the French Junior Team Championship, where I was a little shocked, it was once too much.”

Former judoka, Marina Oralte

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When I resumed judo, I also had a headache during training. I was still in the Tunisian tournament, but I wasn’t there mentally. At that time, I told the staff that I had a headache or was blurred during the training. A neurologist following the French judo team stopped me for the first three months and then for the same period. There were still sequelae such as concentration problems, blurred vision, headaches, and hypersensitivity to light.

What did this neurologist finally diagnose you?

The neurologist made the diagnosis with the help of software that tests reflexes, concentration, and more. But he did not make a definite diagnosis. Six months after my first consultation, he made me understand that I could continue judo, but at my own risk. He explained to me that my concussion did not go away. At that time, I was only 20 years old and I had a lifetime of judo, but I didn’t want to be like vegetables. So I decided to quit.

How did you accept the news?

I lived for judo, so I was suffering from depression. I left Southern France and went to Paris to live with passion. My life was centered around judo. With Insep, Judokate evolved and became an ordinary student who left nothing overnight. I was lonely.

“And you help you on behalf of you, not the federation you fought for years. It says goodbye to you, and you have nothing overnight.”

Former judoka, Marina Oralte

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Does that mean that the French Judo Federation soon replaced you?

Yes, there are many athletes in the Judo Federation. It is one of the most licensed sports. If you are not the one to fight, you will be someone else. We will replace you very quickly. In addition, Insep did nothing. They made me fight two weeks after the concussion. It’s crazy. They didn’t follow me. The problem is that no one is fully informed about the subject.

Marina Oralte had to stop her judoka career four years ago because she had too many concussion.  & Nbsp; (LAUNETTE FLORIAN / MAXPPP)

Did you get angry with the federation?

I’m more angry with medical professionals who are totally inflexible and totally unacceptable in terms of explanation and safety. If not, I think the second small shock that caused ETC was avoided.

Have neurologists ever mentioned ETC?

No, I didn’t know the name. I didn’t know later that I had ETC.

Who diagnosed you with this illness?

Bruderick Nsiete, an osteopath who developed ETC’s unique treatment protocol. I started consulting him intensively in January 2021. I came every day for four months. I started with cryotherapy, then started strength-building exercises again, and finally resumed running. At the same time, osteopathy made me paint and paint to work on my concentration and fine gestures.

Today, my headaches are much less and my mood is less uneven. I’m still sensitive to light and noise, but now I know myself and I know what to do to prevent pain or relieve myself. If you can’t do martial arts, you can resume sports such as running and bodybuilding.

According to you, is ETC taboo in France?

Yes, in France we don’t talk about ETC. It’s taboo because recognizing it “kills” the federation. You can’t control the shock, and it’s a sport. If you admit this illness, you will lose money and licensees.

So I want you to discuss it and blame it. Nothing changes for me. However, it can raise the awareness of parents of the public, especially young people, and explain that if a child who plays a certain level of sports suffers from repeated headaches, he or she must take it seriously.