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How Hollywood Is Creating a Discussion on Football Brain Injuries

Will Smith’s new movie Concussion has been released in theaters, allowing the press and American public to open up a dialogue on brain injuries and football. Concussions, also known as mild-traumatic brain injuries, can aid in the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a degenerative brain disease that can lead to early-onset dementia, behavioral problems and issues with memory. Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the doctor responsible for finding CTE in the brains of deceased NFL players. His discovery and research caused a national uproar and allegations over an NFL cover up. The truth is scary, sad and inexcusable on part of the NFL. In a study conducted by Boston University and the Department of Veterans Affairs, CTE was discovered in the brains of 87 out of 91 deceased NFL players. With Will Smith’s movie taking the national stage, people are likely to have more questions about…
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