‘Head Games’ exposes the truth about what happens to athletes’ brains after years of play.In 2003 Christopher Nowinski was a former All-Ivy football player and Harvard grad enjoying a successful wrestling career with the WWE. During a televised match, he took a hit to the head that was severe enough to make him momentarily forget where he was. Though the wrestler shrugged it off and finished the event, what followed was five years of depression, headaches, and short-term memory problems that kept him out of work and searching for answers.
Eventually Nowinski was diagnosed with post-concussive syndrome, revealing that he hadn’t suffered just one concussion his last night in the ring, but hundreds over the course of his sports career—and he wasn’t alone.
In the new documentary Head Games, based upon Nowinski’s book of the same title, the athlete exposes the sports industry’s open secret: Widespread head injuries are a common occurrence for all players—including the kids who play in after-school leagues. Read on at Take Part.com
About The Film
The leading public health issues of our time
Athletes from the professional to the youth levels share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, an epidemic fueled by the 'leave everything on the field' culture so prominent in American sport.
Inspired by events from the book Head Games written by former Ivy League football star and WWE wrestler Christopher Nowinski, and featuring interviews with Nowinski, Bob Costas (NBC Sports), Keith Primeau (NHL All-Star), Cindy Parlow Cone (Olympic Gold Medalist, Women’s Soccer), and many more, the film contrasts eye-opening evidence and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation's leading medical experts with first-hand accounts from the athletes, coaches and parents who must tread the difficult balance between sports excellence and basic self-preservation.
Head Games exposes viewers to one of the leading public health issues of our time, raising the question: “How much of you are you willing to lose for a game?”