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Will Smith Film Concussion Exposes Football’s Risk to the Human Brain

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 3, 2016

The film Concussion starring Will Smith focused on the risks of repeated traumatic brain injury faced by players of one of our country’s favorite sports: football. In the movie, Smith portrays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a University of Pittsburg neuropathologist whose research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football players who suffered repeated concussions. His findings went largely ignored by the National Football League (NFL) until Omalu’s dogged push for player protections could no longer be ignored.

CTE is often found in people who have suffered repeated concussions, like football players and boxers.  It is a degenerative brain disease that causes serious cognitive and emotional symptoms.  Several former NFL players who committed suicide were found to have suffered from the disease.

Research into traumatic brain injuries, including conditions like CTE, have led to new standards for safer sports activities in high schools and colleges throughout the country. This includes the recognition that players who may have concussions should be taken out of play and practice until they fully heal. It’s been found that a second concussion on top of a first one often compounds the danger of long-term brain injury. It has also led the NFL to change some of its rules and approaches to player injuries.

But, risks still exist. And even a traumatic brain injury that seems “mild” can have long-lasting, life-altering effects, as Concussion shows.

At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our experienced Seattle brain injury attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients protect their legal rights, secure the compensation they deserve, and build a brighter future.  Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation. You can reach us at (888) 228-3860.

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