New Will Smith Movie “Concussion”

New Will Smith Movie “Concussion”

Will Smith stars in the new movie Concussion. The film focuses on Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born physician who first discovered the disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football players and wrestlers. Dr. Omalu discovered the disease while performing Steeler legend Mike Webster’s autopsy in 2002. The new discovery tied Webster’s mental problems and premature death at age 50 to repetitive head trauma suffered playing football. Dr. Omalu found similar patterns in the brains of Terry Long, who committed suicide at age 45, and Andre Waters, who committed suicide at age 44. With the new movie coming out, I thought it important to repost an earlier piece regarding my talks with former NFL players about brain injuries. I’ve posted the article below the movie’s trailer. Discussing Concussions and Other Brain Injuries with NFL Players 4.86/5 ( 97% ) based on 7 ratings The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL introduced me to dozens of […]

Discussing Concussions and Other Brain Injuries with NFL Players

The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL introduced me to dozens of former NFL players. Many interviewed for the book, and I became acquainted with several others. Knowing that, people often ask me about concussions and the potential consequences of playing in the NFL. As stated in the book’s Afterword, the seriousness of some situations is quite real. Much of the book covers players’ golden moments, so I’m not claiming to be an expert. I have no medical experience, and I’m in no position to make claims or suggest solutions. My objective here is to discuss what I’ve personally seen and heard, and to inform readers about a couple of websites retired players frequent for information. This post isn’t meant to induce controversy. I discussed head injuries with several players. Buddy Lex, the man who set the NCAA single-season touchdown pass record in 1949, spoke about his college teammate Lou Creekmur in The Game before […]

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