Unprecedented media coverage of concussion in sport has led to concerns regarding the potential negative effects of participation in contact sports. In this self-study, William Barr, Ph.D., ABPP, provides an updated review of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition alleged to be associated with the pathological effects of exposure to repetitive head impacts obtained in contact sports and in other contexts. The lecture demonstrates that, despite the extensive media coverage, scientific findings from the study of CTE remain preliminary with little definitive information known about its epidemiology, cause, or the specificity of its clinical and neuropathological characteristics. The lecture focuses on the role that neuropsychology continues to play in advancing our knowledge of this controversial topic. The influence of social media on the public’s (mis)perception of CTE is also discussed.
This course is offered as a self-study for 1.0 CE credit. Completion of an evaluation and post-test are required in order to receive credit.
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