Warrior's Day Off

Impacting the Brain: Dr. Chris Nowinski on Concussions, CTE, & Research Initiatives

April 12, 2021 Jennifer Eby/Dr. Chris Nowinski Season 2 Episode 4
Warrior's Day Off
Impacting the Brain: Dr. Chris Nowinski on Concussions, CTE, & Research Initiatives
Show Notes

Chris Nowinski, Ph.D., is co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization leading the fight against concussions and chronic encephalopathy (CTE) and dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted.  He is the author of the investigative book, "Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis" which is also a documentary. Dr. Nowinski earned his doctorate in Behavioral Neuroscience from Boston University School of Medicine and has authored more than 30 scientific publications. 

Chris Nowinski was an All-Ivy Harvard football player before becoming a WWE professional wrestler. His athletic career ended after a kick to the chin in a WWE match caused Post-Concussion Syndrome. The lessons he learned while being treated by Dr. Cantu inspired him to commit his life to serving patients and families affected by brain trauma. 
 
Chris shares his inspiring story, clarifies the differences between Concussions and CTE, and discusses the Concussion Legacy Foundation’s Project Enlist Research Initiative focusing on CTE, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military Veterans.  We talk about the tragic high-profile incidents involving former athletes, death by suicide, available support for those who are suffering with brain injuries, the alliance with the Wounded Warrior Project, and a new Brain Health Initiative about to be released. Also, I pledged my brain.