A neuropathologist battles the NFL after discovering a link between football and a newly discovered degenerative brain disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.
Dr. Bennett Omalu, a Nigerian born neuropathologist and medical examiner, makes a startling discovery when asked to examine the brain of a former NFL player. Omalu discovers what he believes to be a neurodegenerative disease responsible for the mood swings, depression, intense headaches and unstable behavior he exhibited before he died. Through more examinations of former NFL players Omalu names this disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Omalu is determined to inform the public about the long term health risks associated with playing football. despite resistance from the NFL.
CTE: The brain disease that is changing the NFL
Timothy J. Grillo
Concussion depicts Dr. Bennett Omalu’s efforts to identify what was causing former NFL players to exhibit signs of psychosis and dementia. Omalu, a neuropathologist is staggered when he analyzes a former player’s brain. He was expecting to see an ugly degraded brain, like the brain of someone suffering Alzheimer’s disease, but to his surprise the brain of former Pittsburg Steeler Mike Webster looked different (Kirk, 2013).