Presentation Title

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, the mask worn by OJ Simpson

Faculty Mentor

Michael Harnett

Start Date

18-11-2017 10:45 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 11:00 AM

Location

9-255

Session

Bio Sciences 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

health_nutrition_clinical_science

Abstract

CTE, better known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy has become a rising deadly disease within the area of contact sports, especially the National Football League. Its formation caused by continuous head traumas, not necessarily medically recorded concussions, makes football the perfect breathing ground for this degenerative disease. Hundreds of retired professional players have had their lives turmoil due to this suspected disease. Murders, suicides, and crumbling mental states sky rocketing within a community that is being deprived from an accurate medical diagnoses. Could the most infamous NFL running back, OJ Simpson, be suffering as well behind closed doors making him have a form of justification towards his infamous actions? Taking account the extreme levels of aggression, drastic mood swings, and suicidal behavior documented by his surroundings makes chronic traumatic encephalopathy the only reasonable justification to why such vile actions were committed by him. As of now , it is expected that with extended research, various medical recordings of OJ Simpson’s mental state during trial and throughout a regular basis will create parallels with the medically established symptoms associated with CTE . Due to his longevity of being exposed to football, the susceptibility of the disease is immensely heightened. Evidently, it would not be possible to come to a definite conclusion considering that the only way of diagnosing such a disease is by a postmortem biopsy of the brain. The identification of the common factors between CTE and OJ Simpson can lead us into exterminating the monstrous image associated with his social standing and to acknowledge the possibility of his inner foreign suffering. A great amount importance is associated with this overall general topic not only because it can declare a guilty man as innocent, but it also creates awareness towards the football community and the hidden dangers associated with the sport.

Summary of research results to be presented

In order to collect appropriate findings, qualitative research is going to take place using published court records, documentaries regarding the subject, and data collected by Dr. Bennet Omalu, the founder of CTE. Aligning the symptoms and progressive timeline of chronic traumatic encephalopathy to the timeline of Orenthal’s life will create the ability for us to match certain characteristic with one another. The presentation of data points aligning with his football career, such as acknowledging the number of recorded head traumas and statements presented by OJ Simpson regarding his physical state during the period of being a professional football player will create a new level of understanding towards how dangerous the contact sport actually is. A major area of the research also relies on a close analysis of the various studies of the deceased brains of retired football players, which has resulted in a major platform of knowledge regarding the scope of interest. The importance of understanding the disease from a multidimensional standpoint and utilizing the data retrieved by trained professionals will allow for the most accurate conclusion to be formed regarding the argument of whether or not Oj Simpsons actions can be justified due to this disease. Taking in account the opinion of doctors, sports spokesmen, colleagues, and media figures will create a universal eye towards the topic. Due to the lack of capability to create a hands on research experiment, generalization of the findings is not appropriate and should not create a gateway to the statement “All football players have CTE”. The results presented only align with this specific case study regarding the relationship between chronic traumatic encephalopathy and Orenthal James Simpson. CTE, in this study, is going to be viewed from a standpoint of a powerful disease that results in individuals creating serious damage in life rather than being viewed from its beginning non-invasive standpoint.

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Nov 18th, 10:45 AM Nov 18th, 11:00 AM

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, the mask worn by OJ Simpson

9-255

CTE, better known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy has become a rising deadly disease within the area of contact sports, especially the National Football League. Its formation caused by continuous head traumas, not necessarily medically recorded concussions, makes football the perfect breathing ground for this degenerative disease. Hundreds of retired professional players have had their lives turmoil due to this suspected disease. Murders, suicides, and crumbling mental states sky rocketing within a community that is being deprived from an accurate medical diagnoses. Could the most infamous NFL running back, OJ Simpson, be suffering as well behind closed doors making him have a form of justification towards his infamous actions? Taking account the extreme levels of aggression, drastic mood swings, and suicidal behavior documented by his surroundings makes chronic traumatic encephalopathy the only reasonable justification to why such vile actions were committed by him. As of now , it is expected that with extended research, various medical recordings of OJ Simpson’s mental state during trial and throughout a regular basis will create parallels with the medically established symptoms associated with CTE . Due to his longevity of being exposed to football, the susceptibility of the disease is immensely heightened. Evidently, it would not be possible to come to a definite conclusion considering that the only way of diagnosing such a disease is by a postmortem biopsy of the brain. The identification of the common factors between CTE and OJ Simpson can lead us into exterminating the monstrous image associated with his social standing and to acknowledge the possibility of his inner foreign suffering. A great amount importance is associated with this overall general topic not only because it can declare a guilty man as innocent, but it also creates awareness towards the football community and the hidden dangers associated with the sport.