Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy---The Synergy of Science and Journalism in Creating Culture Change

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Length: 110 minutes

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Session offered by Division 40.

Over the past 2-3 years, there has been a tremendous increase in the scientific understanding, as well as the lay awareness of the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma in athletes. The increased knowledge of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive concussive and subconcussive blows to the head, has played a large role in the changes in concussion awareness and management at all levels of athletics from pro to youth. This presentation will provide an overview of the neuropathology and clinical presentation of CTE and will review current research of neuroimaging and biomarkers of this tauopathy. The role of journalism as a catalyst of culture change based on scientific findings will also be discussed, with a special emphasis on dramatic changes in football based on coverage of the science of CTE.

Learning Objective 1
Comprehend neuropathology, clinical presentation, and current research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Learning Objective 2
Improve their awareness of the relationship between scientific findings and journalism in the development of changes in awareness and policy regarding brain trauma in sports.

Presenters: Robert A. Stern, PhD; Alan Schwarz, BA