“Concussion” is a new film starring Will Smith as a neuropathologist who discovers a link between repeated sports-related brain injuries and the degenerative brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Some researchers say the movie is bringing a much-needed focus to the risks of injury athletes face each time they step onto the field.
CTE is a condition that is caused by repeated trauma to the brain. These injuries lead to progressive degeneration of the brain, which can lead to changes in:
- Sleep patterns
- Cognitive abilities
- Motor skills
The film focuses on the life and work of the scientist who made the connection between athletes who were both diagnosed with CTE and had suffered repeated sports-related brain injuries throughout their careers.
Many experts say the film can help protect athletes by educating viewers about the dangers of brain injuries. However, some say it’s important to not let these dangers deter children and adolescents from participating in sports. A prominent researcher from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made statements on the subject in a recent article released by WRAL News.
While strong policies, use of the latest safety technology, and raising awareness about the risks sports-related brain injuries pose can help reduce the number of athletes who are hurt each year, not all accidents can be prevented. That’s why the legal staff at HensonFuerst encourages you to take a look at the brain injury resources that are available to those who have been seriously harmed by a blow to the head.