The Sports Neuropsychology Society (SNS) is a professional member organization that was founded in 2012. Our membership includes neuropsychologists that are actively involved in concussion management efforts at the amateur and professional levels. Moreover, SNS functions as a resource for professionals and lay audiences that need access to appropriately trained and experienced sports neuropsychologists.
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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A Q and A Fact Sheet
For over 90 years, the medical community has considered the idea that repeated injuries to the brain may cause long-term neurological and psychological impairment or damage. Recently, there has been public debate about the risk of participating in contact sports. This interest has been fueled by reports of high-profile professional athletes who experienced a progressive decline of their physical and thinking abilities, and changes in mood and behavior at earlier ages than normally expected. In some cases, these athletes committed suicide. Examination of their brains after death revealed abnormalities in many, but not all, of the players’ brains. These abnormal findings have been called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. Some medical researchers (see references) have suggested that the CTE was a result of concussions or repeated hits to their heads during their playing careers. The media attention that followed raised public concern about the risks of developing CTE from playing contact sports. However, many of the media accounts contained inaccurate information, leaving the public misinformed and confused about CTE.
Scientific research is being conducted to understand CTE better and how it may be related to brain trauma. This research is still in the early stages. Many questions remain unanswered.
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The 4th Annual Concussion Symposium will be held in Houston, Texas on April 29-30, 2016. Click on the image to view or download the updated PDF announcement which features a tentative schedule and featured faculty.
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Six things ‘Concussion’ the movie won’t tell you (but brain experts will)
By EMMA COURT REPORTER
The Sony Pictures Entertainment movie follows protagonist Will Smith as he discovers a degenerative brain disease in a former National Football League player on his autopsy table.Smith’s character, the Nigerian-born doctor Bennet Omalu, then must battle the powerful football league to share his findings with the public.
For sports lovers, the Christmas Day film from writer-director Peter Landesman, based on a true story, has troubling implications for a major U.S. sport.
But many of the half-dozen concussion experts interviewed by MarketWatch for this article were dismayed by the movie’s science — and concerned that viewers could walk away with inaccurate, and even damaging, information.
Here are six points about “Concussion” courtesy of concussion experts, not Hollywood:
‘Concussion’ isn’t about concussions
You might not have bought a movie ticket for “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy,” but that is the actual syndrome at the heart of the movie: a brain disease found in patients with a history of repetitive hits to the head.
Yes, CTE is connected to concussions. But scientists don’t yet know the exact nature of the relationship between the two.
Dr. Omalu didn’t discover, or name, CTE
Scientists have known about this pattern of abnormal brain cells since the 1920s, when it was discovered in boxers, according to Dr. William Barr, director of neuropsychology at NYU Langone Medical Center.
The term CTE has also been used for decades.
Omalu’s discovery of the link with football was “significant,” though “he’s not the one who discovered the disease,” Barr said.
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