In 2010, Bryant Gumbel took on the issue of concussions. He had a radical theory – remove facemasks from helmets. In doing so, the NFL would take away the illusion of safety that helmets provide. This would remove a player’s ability to barrel into another person at top speed without the idea of getting hurt. Of course, the idea was fanciful at best then and never gained any traction. But, it came at the same time that the NFL was finally admitting that concussions had led to long-term brain damage in their players.
Just a few years prior, the connection between football and brain damage was also considered pure fantasy by just about everyone. Except for one man. That man’s name was Dr. Bennet Omalu.
Dr. Omalu is a Nigerian born forensic pathologist who identified the first case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a NFL player. Over a decade after his initial breakthrough, and 5 years after the NFL admitted the issue, a new movie is set to portray Omalu’s struggle. The film Concussion stars Will Smith as Dr. Omalu. The film is not anti-football, but rather hopes to raise awareness about concussions and brain injuries.
Concussion injuries in sports are a hot button topic. If you or a loved one has been injured playing sports, contact the personal injury attorneys at Kahn Roven, LLP to review your legal options. Pros aren’t the only ones who get hurt. Let us help you.
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