Professional athletes who have suffered concussions have been in the news lately, as they seek answers and liability for their injuries. Head trauma resulting in a brain injury is not uncommon for players, specifically in the National Football League. However, the problem is only beginning to gain nation-wide attention.
Now, a documentary created by an Illinois director is tackling the issue directly and exposing the risks connected to sports concussions. Though an independent film, the movie may increase awareness for the dangers of head injuries if approved to be shown in theaters throughout the United States. The target audience is parents of athletes who are still in school.
Recently, head injuries have been in the forefront of local and national news, showing the impact they have on people's lives. Some NFL players have shown erratic behavior after head trauma, including one who committed suicide. Though there is no current evidence to support a connection between the suicide and the player's brain injuries, investigations might prove otherwise.
Families of professional football players have filed wrongful death suits against the NFL in the past. If connections are proven, the NFL should have a responsibility to possibly change regulations to improve safety conditions for the players.
Football team members are not the only ones at risk of head injuries resulting in brain injuries, however. Soccer players have been reported to have sustained a high number of injuries as well, especially in female players, when hitting the ball with their head. Some players, including one who played in the Olympics, have even sustained memory loss before the age of 35.
Brain injuries, such as those suffered in athletics, can be devastating. They can have a lifelong effect on a person and they may require ongoing medical treatment. Determining the type of injury, what caused the injury and who may be at fault for the injury may help victims recover compensation.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "'Head Games': Steve James documentary focuses on brain trauma," Nina Metz, May 10, 2012