The Watson Neuroscience Foundation

"Head Games" Film Explores the Dangers of Sports Concussions

October 11, 2012

We at The Watson Neuroscience Foundation are excited by the release of "Head Games", a documentary movie directed by Steve James, which explores the perils and misconceptions of sports related concussions.

"Head Games" follows former Harvard football player and WWE wrestler Chris Nowinski's quest to uncover the truth about the consequences of sports related head injuries.

"Q: What is the biggest misconception about concussions?

A: "That they don't have long-term consequences and that once you feel better, you're fine. You may not be fine and need to rest and let your brain recover. Secondly, we have to face the fact that some athletes are developing a degenerative brain disease (known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE). The brain is far more fragile than we realize."

You can read more of Chirs Nowinski's interview with Reuters here, and watch the trailer for "Head Games" below.

"Head Games" opened in theaters on Friday, September 21st 2012.

The Watson Neuroscience Foundation currently provides ImPACT concussion testing for five area high schools: Citronelle High School, Leflore High School, Alma Bryant High School, B C Rain High School, and Mattie T. Blount High School. Watson is also the concussion consultant for UMS-Wright Preparatory School. This is the fourth year that Watson has provided concussion testing to local schools and their aspiring young athletes.

On-field concussion testing is vital to keeping student athletes safe by preventing long-term damage.

The Watson Neuroscience Foundation is a non-profit regional neuroscience center, headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, and servicing the Gulf Coast and Southeast U.S. Region. The foundation has a four-fold purpose: support for brain tumor patients, funding for research, education outreach, and sports concussion testing in high school athletes.

If you would like to support the Watson Neuroscience Foundation mission to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of head injury, donate today.