Head Games: Film Analysis

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Growing up I felt bad for my little sister. For one, if you didn 't like sports you were on the outskirts whenever a big game was on. I love watching, participating and talking athletics. I breathed and bathed in statistics of the games. My sister Dayna, however, did not. She loved theater and acting and anything that she didn 't have to get ‘down and dirty ' for. The point is when there 's a game on, you were either in the living room screaming at the television, stuffing your face or you weren 't home. My step-dad, on the other hand, is your typical American football dad. He took all of his sons to their games and practices. He was even a coach at one point. He treated the Miami Dolphins like they were his own children. He wouldn
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Nowinski didn 't stop there; he also helped discover chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a structural brain disease where cells are damaged and eventually killed in the brain, in Pittsburg Steeler Justin Strzelcyz with the help of Dr. Bennett Omalu. He wrote and published the book the documentary is based on, Head Games that described the story of Mike Webster and other athletes. The book was published in 2006 and received no credit as being true. The documentary described the effects as "ripples in the NFL, but nothing in the popular press" and that the book "didn 't matter because there were still games that needed to be played." Nowinski went on to say that the NFL denied and hid the truth by spending a lot of time and money on making the NFL look like they "had no negative consequence." Fast-forward five years and some people are still not taking the appropriate actions when it comes to concussions. Take Chris Coyne, a senior at his local high school, for example. The New York Times wrote about how Coyne knew he had his fifth concussion after a football practice and failed to tell his coach or athletic trainer. He thought his injuries would subside on their own and that he was "only a …show more content…
However, in Coyne 's case, he couldn 't focus because of the severity of the two untreated concussions. His brain injury was so severe he was forced to quit the game of football before his first college game. The New York Times even quoted the pediatrician from the University of Washington, Dr. Frederick P. Riverara as he was describing our society as "a culture where the idea is to man up, to not let your teammates or coach down, and play with your symptoms." On the other hand, our society has shifted. As players, they are forced to take concussion tests if they get hit in the head. For example, before I was allowed to even try out for soccer in high school, I had to take two different concussion tests. One that explains the dangers and preventions of concussions. The other is a preliminary exam that if someone was suspected of having a concussion they take the test again and compare the results. Trainers and coaches are now being trained to know the signs of concussions and the immediately needed responses. National leagues are less likely to send players back into the game. Players even have to get a signed doctor note stating when they are allowed to return to the field. As a whole, we are making the right direction for change, but it

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