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Will Smith Concussion movie trailer shines further light on CTE, NFL denial detailed in the book League of Denial

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Are traumatic brain injuries going to be the new tobacco or pollution? Seems like the plot of this feature film is ripped straight from the same script factory as Silkwood, Erin Brokovich, and The Insider -- but for concussions in football.

This looks quite good:

Did you read the book or see the PBS series?

If you did not read the book League of Denial, or see the PBS documentary, the new movie "Concussion", hitting theaters on Christmas Day is another opportunity to learn a little bit more. The movie is a dramatization of League of Denial, detailing the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu and his attempts to get the NFL to recognize the dangers of repetitive head trauma. You can view the full trailer above.

Dr. Omalu was the first doctor to identify Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) as a disease impacting football players following repetitive head traumas. He initially discovered the issue when doing an autopsy of former Steelers great Mike Webster. He tried to convince the NFL of the issue, but for many years, the NFL consistently denied any connection. They tried to discredit Omalu and his work, and based on the trailer, we see the NFL as a nefarious organization out to stop Dr. Omalu at all costs.

Here's the Frontline PBS documentary:

And 150 Reddit comments:

.Dr. Omalu conducted groundbreaking research focusing public attention on a potentially significant health risk associated with many contact sports, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

 While we are in the early stages of understanding CTE, the condition was originally identified as dementia pugilistica in 1928 by a forensic pathologist, Dr. Harrison Stanford Martland where he noted the tremors, slowed movement, confusion, and speech problems typical of the condition.[14] In 1973, a group led by J. A. Corsellis[15] described the typical neuropathological findings of DP after post-mortem examinations of the brains of 15 former boxers.[15]

The study of CTE  has been highly politicized, and "Concussion" is one attempt to dramatize the public and media influences on scientific research. Like any dramatization, audiences should not view the movie as an entirely objective account. But it does provide a lesson in the messy conflicts between scientific observations and public opinions.

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Despite it not being entirely objective, the movie will raise awareness.

For that it is likely worthwhile. I look forward to seeing the movie. 

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