Omalu selected to receive U.S. Sports Academy's highest honor
Bennet Omalu, a pathologist whose discoveries have led to greater understanding of concussions in sports and better protection against head injury, has been selected for the U.S. Sports Academy’s highest award in sports medicine, the Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award.
Omalu is currently chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County, Calif., and is an associate clinical professor in the University of California, Davis Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Named in honor of the former Olympic athlete, international sports medicine scholar, and director of the University of Kentucky Rehabilitation Center, the award recognizes contributions to the growth and development of sport medicine through practice and scholarly activity.
Awardees are selected based on their demonstrated mastery of some aspect of sports medicine through practice or research, their prominence in the sports medicine field and thier abiding belief in and practice of ethical behavior in pursuit of knowledge.
Omalu is a forensic pathologist and neuropathologist whose autopsy of Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster led to his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in football players.