In recent years major developments have come to light on head inquires and concussions created by tackling in the game of football. These substantial developments have motivated NFL players to stand up, ask more questions and become more active in gaining better health benefits after the game is over. With all that’s evolved it was only a matter of time before we would get the chance to go back and find out how this new medical evidence came about.
In a new film directed by Peter Landesman called Concussion, it documents the story of what events took place and how doctors began to prove that retired NFL players were in fact heavily impacted by neurological problems sustained from taking constant hits to the head on the field. The story covers the controversy between the NFL denying the the accurracy of the discovery while Dr. Bennet Omalu fights for the truth to be exposed. Will Smith plays Dr. Omalu who studies the brains of ex-pro football players like Dave Duerson played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Andre Waters played by Richard T. Jones. He uncovers that they suffers from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) which is a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated trauma to the head.
Although it has been a long road since the discovery progress has definitely been made. Today NFL rules have been altered regarding appropriate ways to tackle while outlining what are now considered illegal ways to tackle. These new developments can enable consequences as small as flags to fines and suspensions depending on the circumstances and severity around the hit in efforts to decrease head injuries sustained and as well long term affects on players.
Take a look at the trailer below on Hollywoodreporter.com.