Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, otherwise known as CTE, is a major topic when talking about the spectrum of things related to brain injury in sports. From its first descriptions in 1928 by Dr. Harrison Martland when coining the term “Punch Drunk Syndrome” to its portrayal in the movie “Concussion” with Will Smith starring as pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, many now have concerns about the effects of repetitive head trauma in our athletes. Today on the podcast I’m joined by a former WWE wrestler, now researcher, who has taken a lead role in raising awareness of CTE.
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CDC’s CTE Infographic https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pdf/CDC-CTE-FactSheet-508.pdf
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Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.
The Guest Featured Inside this Program
Dr. Chris Nowinski is a former Harvard football player who dabbled with a career in professional wrestling in the WWE, which ended due to a concussion. Chris is the co-founder and CEO of the non-profit Concussion Legacy Foundation. He has also co-founded the Boston University CTE Center and Veterans Affairs-Boston University-Concussion Legacy Foundation Brain Brain, where he leads Outreach, recruitment and education programs. Chris earned his PhD in behavorial neuroscience from Boston University School of Medicine and has authored over 30 scientific publications on concussions and CTE.