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State of the concussion debate: from sceptical to alarmist claims


Gilbert, F, State of the concussion debate: from sceptical to alarmist claims, Neuroethics, 8, (1) pp. 47-53. ISSN 1874-5490 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s12152-014-9219-y


Current discussions about concussion in sport are based on a crucial epistemological question: whether or not we should believe that repetitive mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) causes Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). This epistemological question is essential to understanding the ethics at stake in treating these cases: indeed, certain moral obligations turn on whether or not we believe that mTBI causes CTE. After discussing the main schools of thought, namely the CTE-sceptic position (which does not admit a causal relation between mTBI and CTE) and the CTE-orthodox position (as defended by those who see a causal association between mTBI and CTE), this article examines the concussion debate in sport and asks if its current articulation helps to answer whether or not we should call for responsive, ethical action(s).

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mTRBI, Debate, Chronic traumatic Encephalopathiy, CTE-Ortodox, CTE-Sceptic, Ethics, Concussions
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Ethical use of new technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Gilbert, F (Dr Frederic Gilbert)
ID Code:94065
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2014-08-28
Last Modified:2017-11-09
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