Dr. Bennett Omalu & That CTE Thing

 

Introduction

The “Parents just don’t understand” M.C., Will Smith, has a new movie coming out, Concussion.

I think you will be blessed in listening to the man behind it:
A forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, conducted the autopsy of Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster, which led to his discovery of a new disease that he named chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

The family name Omalu, is a shortened form of the surname, Onyemalukwubew, which translates to “if you know, come forth and speak“.

 

Videos
  1. Frontline Interview

 

Quotes

  1. As a spiritual person
    • Treating dead patients like live patients
      • Based on the premise that there is Life after Death
    • Before doing an autopsy
      • Visual Contact with the face, out of respect
      • Looking at the face and seeing that patient looks older than Age
  2. Asking Mike Webster to help him
    • Proof them wrong
    • Timeline
      • 1969 – United Kingdom of Lords wrote a position paper that Brain Damage is Occupational Hazard of Contact Sport
      • 2002 – Dr. Omali intuitive thought that Mike’s presenting symptomatology was likely due to football
  3. No External Injury
  4. Seeking Help from trusted confidants
    • Sent Tissue to University of Pittsburgh Lab; specifically Dr. Ronald Hamilton, a former teacher
    • Response reviewed by Dr. Wecht, Dr. DeKosky, Dr. Hamilton
  5. Pathogenetic Concept
  6. Brand Management
    • +
      • Packaging
      • Brand Equity
      • Commoditizing Information
      • Add Value to something that does not have value
    • Insurance
      • Give descriptive name that has a good acronym
      • Allows one to hide under a name
  7. Peer Review & Confirmation
  8. Case History
    • Sentinel Case
      • A Sentinel Event is defined as any unanticipated event in a healthcare setting resulting in death or serious physical or psychological injury to a patient or patients, not related to the natural course of the patient’s illness. Sentinel events specifically include loss of a limb or gross motor function, and any event for which a recurrence would carry a risk of a serious adverse outcome.
      • Sentinel events are identified and aid in root cause analysis and to assist in development of preventative measures.
      • Events are tracked in a database to ensure events are adequately analyzed and undesirable trends or decreases in performance are caught early and mitigated.
    • Cohort
      • Cohort studies are a type of medical research used to investigate the causes of disease, establishing links between risk factors and health outcomes.
  9. Being accused of Fraud
    • Thinking “Is this how my career will come to an end?” as the only time a retraction is requested if there is criminal behavior or fraud.
  10. Players attempting suicide
  11. Emotional distance
  12. Repeated Head Injury
    • Chocks the brain and turns you into someone else
  13. Life Outside of Sports
    • Some people have paid prices, their lives. Some people, while adding value to entertain us, while contributing to the American experience, pay the ultimate price with their lives, and unfortunately were not aware while they were entertaining us that they were slowly losing their lives
    • And then when players lost their lives after retirement and started manifesting the symptoms of CTE, they were dismissed as losers, as irresponsible, as people who were not intellectually capable to compete outside the protection football afforded them

 

Disease Summary

  • Expedited aging of the brain with degeneration of the brain cells
  • Impacts to the body, his skeleton, his joints.
  • And the parallel is we don’t really see the emotional damage, which is linked to the brain, because CTE also damages the part of your brain that is responsible for your emotions, for your mood.
  • Every domain of human functioning is compromised by continuing and repeated insults
  • NFL players will tell you know impact of the harm that they inflict to other players.

 

Movie Soundtrack

 

Bad Hits

  1. Odell Beckham on Josh Norman
  2. Vontaze Burfict rams knee into Ben Roethlisberger’s shoulder

 

Personal Testimony

  1. Antwaan Randle El
  2. Ken Stabler ( Added on 2016-02-03 )

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