Concussions, Football and Dr. Bennet Omalu
Brain health of football players.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head and body and DP is a type of CTE that is a neurodegenerative disease with characteristics of dementia.
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hall of fame center Mike Webster
lead to the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Dr. Bennet Omalu was the Chief Medical Examiner of San Joaquin County, California, however in 2018 Dr. Omalu and Dr. Susan Parson made accusations that the Sherriff, former Sherriff Moore was changing their findings on several cases.
In response, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted to create a new, independent medical examiner's office, separating the sheriff-coroner title. In San Joaquin County, as in most counties in the state, the sheriff is also the Coroner.
Per a recent news article from ABC News, The NFL's concussion settlement program manual recommends the use of a full demographic correction in which a player's cognitive test scores are compared to average scores, or norms for similar demographic groups, and then adjusted to account for expected differences in age, gender, education and race.
The practice of adjusting test scores for race is called race-norming and is in use across several different medical fields.
The norms used in a neuropsychology assumes that the average Black player starts at a lower level of cognitive functioning than the average white player. Black players need to show larger cognitive declines than white players to qualify for concussion compensation.”