Dr. Bennet Omalu identifies CTE


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The movie “Concussion” is set to open in a few days and, with the opening, the discussions around the effects of multiple concussions and sub-concussive hits are expected to increase.  “Concussion” is surrounded in controversy about the role of the NFL in pressuring the producers to tone down the presentation of the NFL and its management of concussions in the players. Will the film we see be the product of the NFL’s pressure on the producer or will it accurately depict the research findings into the cause of CTE?

The discovery of CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy was the work accomplished by Bennet Omalu, MD, a pathologist, who conducted the study of Mike Webster’s brain and identified changes in his brain which did not match existing and known diseases of the brain. Subsequent to Dr. Omalu’s initial discovery, CTE has been seen in many former athletes who experienced multiple concussions and later changes to their behavior, emotional regulation and cognitive abilities. Dr. Omalu is played by Will Smith in the film who  came to identify his own concerns with brain injury and football after reading the script.

NeuroNotes has addressed the effects of concussion, including CTE, in many blog posts over the last few years. Athletes like, former NFL player, George Visger and retired boxer, Ray Ciancaglini have contributed to the discussions about concussion and CTE on these pages.

Click here to read what Dr. Bennet Omalu has to say about CTE.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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