"Concussion" starring Will Smith is one of the most anticipated and important movies of the year. The movie is scheduled for release in theaters on Christmas Day. Here is the powerful and intense new trailer for the movie. It will definitely be a must see. "Tell the truth! Tell the truth!"
Why is this movie important? It's very simple. It shines a bright light on Chronic Traumaic Encephalopathy (CTE), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and Concussions in contact sports like professional football.
The Story- "Concussion" is based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian- born forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy of Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Webster, which led to the discovery of the disease that he named chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. In the movie Dr. Omalu's discovery creates great tension between himself and the goliath of all American sports, the NFL. Dr. Omalu was the first person to discover physical evidence linking football-related brain injury and dementia. His discovery ultimately led to the major changes in how the game is played today; rule changes relating to the increased focus on player safety. He is also one of the founding members of The Brain Injury Research Institute, founded in 2002. The overall goal of the institute is the research and prevention of traumatic brain injuries and CTE.
What is Chronic Traumaic Encephalopathy? Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head. CTE has been known to affect boxers since the 1920s. However, recent reports have been published of neuropathologically confirmed CTE in retired professional football players and other athletes who have a history of repetitive brain trauma. This trauma triggers progressive degeneration of the brain tissue, including the build-up of an abnormal protein called tau. These changes in the brain can begin months, years, or even decades after the last brain trauma or end of active athletic involvement. The brain degeneration is associated with memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and, eventually, progressive dementia.- Boston University CTE Center
Graphic courtesy Chronictraumaticencephalopathy.com
For more information related to the discovery of CTE by Dr. Bennet Omalu and the issue of traumatic brain injury (concussions) in the NFL watch the in depth PBS documentary, Frontline: League of Denial.