Using concussion as an illustrative example, the study of athlete health and wellbeing will be discussed from the perspectives of public health and health services research as well as the perspectives of a former athlete and current clinician-in-training. Christine Baugh, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado. David Bruton is a former NFL athlete, Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award winner, and current DPT student at the University of Colorado. Together, they will have an open dialogue reflecting on the latest concussion research and on how concussion and sports injury research is improved through multidisciplinary and multi-perspective approaches.
Christine Baugh, PhD, MPH conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of health, policy, sport and ethics. Much of her work has focused on the acute and chronic health implications of repetitive brain injury from sport, and the resultant individual, institutional, policy and ethical considerations. Dr. Baugh is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles. Her work has been featured by leading media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, ESPN and Sports Illustrated. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and research, including being named to Forbes 30-under-30 list in sports.
David Bruton Jr. is a former professional football player in the NFL for 8 years, 7 with the Broncos and 1 with the Washington Football Team, from 2009-2016. He played at the University of Notre Dame where he graduated with two degrees, political science and sociology, in 2009. He is a member of the CU Physical Therapy Scholarship Board, Founder of Bruton's Books, and an advocate for change. He is currently a student of physical therapy at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, graduating in December of 2021.