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The Game Changer

Keeping Your Head in Contact Sports



Co Authors:

Patrick R. Field
Department of Biological Sciences
Kean University
pfield@cougar.kean.edu

Kelsey L. Logan
Department of Biological Sciences
Kean University

Abstract:

This interrupted case study traces the football career of Anthony "Tony Tonka Truck" Williams, and the types of brain  trauma that he suffers from youth league through high school, college and his draft into the pros. In order to be successful during this case, readers will have to be familiar with the signs, symptoms, epidemiology and ramifications of concussions, Second Impact Syndrome, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Students will analyze and compare the differences between these three types of brain trauma and predict the outcome of Anthony's health based on symptoms and events given in each part. Although Anthony is fictional, the teaching notes include real examples of young men who have suffered or died as a result of these types of brain trauma and should be shared with the class. This case can be completed during one class session and is appropriate for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in neuroscience, sports-related rehabilitation, and anatomy and physiology.

Objectives:
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of concussions, SIS and CTE.
  • Analyze the implications and the dangerous health hazards that concussions, SIS, and CTE pose.
  • Apply knowledge of concussions, SIS, and CTE to an interrupted case study, evaluating the patient's signs and symptoms, exploring the health hazards of concussions, SIS, and CTE and learning how to avoid these types of injuries in the future.
Keywords: brain trauma; concussion; second impact syndrome; SIS; chronic traumatic encephalopathy; CTE; football; neuroscience; sports medicine; athletic training
Topical Area: Ethics, Social issues
Educational Level: Undergraduate upper division, Graduate, Clinical education
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: N/A, Dilemma/Decision, Discussion, Interrupted
Language: English
Subject Headings: Anatomy   Medicine (General)   Neuroscience   Physiology   Sports Science  
Date Posted: 9/3/2016
Date Modified: N/A
Copyright: Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

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