Source: nypost.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 8/9/2017 –
For Dr. Bennet Omalu, the future of football is not a debate.
To science’s most outspoken critic of the harmful effects of concussions, and whose life journey inspired the 2015 movie “Concussion” starring Will Smith, the demise of football is inevitable.
“Someday there will be a district attorney who will prosecute for child abuse [on the football field], and it will succeed,” Omalu said Monday night during a talk held by the New York Press Club in Midtown. “It is the definition of child abuse.”
There is no hedging in the way Omalu, a forensic pathologist, describes the science that led to his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the disease that has affected so many former NFL players. It again has been in the spotlight after a recent study showed 110 of 111 former NFL players who had their brains donated for examination suffered from CTE.
“That study out of Boston simply reaffirmed something we have always known, that there is nothing like a safe blow to the head,” Omalu said. “If you play football, and if your child plays football, there is a 100 percent risk exposure. There is nothing like making football safer. That’s a misnomer.”