THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Join us for a screening of “Football’s Hidden Secret: Requiem for a Running Back” and post-film discussion with the director of this gripping documentary, along with experts from sports medicine, research, professional football and government.
The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Director Rebecca Carpenter’s father, Lewis Carpenter, was a running back for Vince Lombardi’s Champion Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. When he dies, her family receives a surprise call from Boston University’s brain bank requesting his brain – with shocking results. Lew becomes the 18th NFL player diagnosed postmortem with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative neurocognitive disorder that can cause episodes of rage, social withdrawal and other unusual behaviors.
Carpenter finds herself at a ground zero of an unfolding public health controversy and embarks on a three-year odyssey across America to explore the far-reaching implications of this “new” disease in football players. From NFL Hall of Famers like Mike Ditka and James Lofton, to neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, she begins to understand the depression, obsessiveness, forgetfulness, and unpredictable temper that often complicated her relationship with her dad are common side effects of repeat blunt force trauma to the brain.
You can watch the trailer for the film here.
A discussion of the film, along with a conversation that tackles the controversial implications of head trauma among sport’s youngest athletes in organized youth sport programs.
Rebecca Carpenter, Director, Requiem for a Running Back
Dr. Ken Fine, GW Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Uniformed Services University Health System, Physician for athletes of all levels
Delegate Terri Hill, Maryland House of Delegates
Dr. Robert Turner II, former pro football player & GW Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership, Author, Not for Long: The Life & Career of the NFL Athlete
Opening remarks by Dr. Jennifer Sacheck, Sanofi Professor of Prevention & Wellness, Chair of the Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences (EXNS) & Dr. Amanda J. Visek, GW EXNS Associate Professor, sport scientist and youth sport advocate.
Panel moderated by Mark Hyman, Assistant Teaching Professor, GW School of Business, co-author, Concussions and Our Kids: America's Leading Expert on How to Protect Young Athletes and Keep Sports Safe with Dr. Robert Cantu.
GW students can earn up to 3 professional enhancement hours for attending this event.