The media has covered football-induced brain injuries extensively. However, football players are not the only athletes suffering from brain injuries, according to a recently released documentary.
Head Games, a documentary directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams), is based on the book of the same title by Christopher Nowinsky. The film focuses on brain injuries sustained from sports like football, soccer, hockey and pro wrestling. It also features interviews with health experts who show via x-rays and brain samples how concussions damage athlete’s brains. A class action lawsuit against the NFL, along with suicides of former players like Dave Duerson and Junior Seau, suggest that sports-related brain injuries can lead to depression and suicide.
According to reviews and synopses, the film confirms many concerns about sports-related injuries: the damage is permanent and severe. Health experts interviewed in the film claim that a single concussion can have long-lasting effects, especially for children playing sports. According to film critic Roger Ebert’s review:
“There is a chilling scene showing Ann McKee, professor of neurology and pathology at Boston University, slicing through the brains of dead NFL veterans and pointing to the dark places associated with the brain disease CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). There is a painful moment when an NFL veteran finds himself unable to name the months of the year.”
We applaud the filmmakers’ efforts to bring attention to a troubling issue. If you know someone who is suffering from a traumatic brain injury caused by a sports injury, you can talk to us about it and we can let you know what your options are. Call now to ask about our free consultations: (866) 377-3800.
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