Doctor’s Discovery Inspires the Film ‘Concussion’

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Dr. Bennet Omalu inspired the new film "Concussion" starring Will Smith. He discovered Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE, in athletes -- mainly football players. Dr. Omalu stresses the neurological risk of high-impact sports and suggesting that children should not participate in such activities until they are old enough to consent to the potential risks. The forensic pathologist, who first diagnosed Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in 2002 after performing autopsies on deceased football players, begins the piece by pointing out society's willingness to give up harmful activities like smoking and alcohol, but its reluctance when it comes to sports.