Traumatic Brain Injuries

Will Smith’s Film to Shed Light on Traumatic Brain Injuries

Recently, Sony released the trailer for Will Smith’s upcoming film, “Concussion.” According to ABC News Channel 10, the film, which portrays the life’s work of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the man who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), is expected to meet with some friction from the NFL. Specifically, the film looks at the discovery of and research associated with what happens when people suffer from multiple head injuries. The movie isn’t expected to go lightly on the NFL and their treatment of injured players.

Brain Injuries in a Multi-Billion Industry

Dr. Omalu’s research has been focused on what happens to a brain after repeated blows to the head, which are commonplace in football. The repeated trauma actually triggers progressive degeneration in the brain tissue. CTE can cause confusion, depression and progressive dementia. The impacts of CTE can be seen months, years or decades after the last trauma or the end of athletic involvement. The ABC News Channel 10 report also pointed out that the NFL recently reached a settlement with more than 5,000 former NFL players after a class action lawsuit was filed against the league for hiding the dangers associated with head trauma.

Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness

In addition to shining a light on a dangerous aspect of a multi-billion dollar industry, this film will also raise awareness about concussions and traumatic brain injuries in general. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to about 30 percent of all injury deaths. In 2010, approximately 2.5 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations or deaths were associated with TBI.

Traumatic Brain Injuries in Car Accidents 

Among all age groups, motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of TBI in the U.S. between the years of 2006 and 2010, and car crashes were the second leading cause of TBI-related deaths. Motor vehicle wrecks were also the leading cause of hospitalization for adolescents and people between the ages of 15 and 44 years old. Falls, assaults and getting struck by objects are also leading causes of TBI in the U.S.

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