Right from the first bone crushing video of a football player splayed out midfield after a helmet to helmet hit you know that “Head Games” is not going to pull any punches when it comes to shedding light on head trauma in sports and the consequences of sports related head injuries later in an athlete’s life.
Director Steve James (who is no stranger to the sports world after directing the award winning documentary “Hoop Dreams”) trains his camera on Chris Nowinski, a former college football player at Harvard who traded in his pads and helmet for a professional wrestling career getting his head repeatedly slammed against the corner cushion of a WWE wrestling ring.
After being diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome Nowinski left the WWE circuit on a quest to research and bring to light the trauma and life altering damage that is being done to athletes all across the country.
He turned his research and analysis into “Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis,” a book he published in 2006 that subsequently started a fierce debate, not to mention some sweeping rule changes in the National Football League, about the roles that concussions play at all level of sports.
But in “Head Games” no contact sport is spared. From football and hockey to basketball and soccer the reports of serious injuries and resulting consequences cut across all sports.
By: Michael Nank
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