David welcomes Dr. Chris Nowinski, the co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis. Chris has been described by VICE Sports as “the man most responsible for making CTE part of the national conversation.” In part one, Chris explains how a pro wrestler turned into a trailblazing neuroscientist and why he chose to disrupt the way we handle head injuries in sports and in the military.
Learn more about Chris and the Concussion Legacy Foundation here.
About Chris Nowinski:
Dr. Chris Nowinski is CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation and a social entrepreneur leading a global conversation on concussions, CTE, and the future of sports. An All-Ivy Harvard football player-turned WWE professional wrestler-turned neuroscientist, he discovered the concussion crisis the hard way. A 2003 kick to the chin in a WWE match ended his career, causing post-concussion syndrome and sending him on a journey where he uncovered a public health conspiracy that continues to cost lives.
Chris wrote the investigative expose Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis in 2006 and soon after founded the non-profit Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), the world-renowned Boston University (BU) CTE Center, where he serves as the Outreach, Recruitment, Education, and Public Policy Leader, and the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank. His journey has been profiled in media outlets like HBO Real Sports, ESPN Outside the Lines, and the New York Times, and he was the subject of the award-winning documentary Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis by celebrated director Steve James.