"Head Games" gains credibility and power from compassion for athletes and respect for their accomplishments. But it also tries to open the eyes of sports lovers to dangers that have too often been minimized and too seldom fully understood.
The point of this documentary -- and I encourage every athlete, parent, and fan to seek it out -- is to become more knowledgeable about the fragility of brains in the sports we love, and to ultimately ask an important, fundamental question: How much are you willing to lose for a game?
HEAD GAMES, a documentary based on the novel by former Ivy League Football Player and former WWE Wrestler Christopher Nowinski, is a stark, unflinching examination of contact sports and the self-inflicted injuries the participants not only take as "part of the game," but an expected factor in the fan appreciation experience.
The film about the prevalence of concussions and head injuries in professional and youth sports, particularly football, paints a devastating picture of a climate in which repeated concussions have been downplayed, ignored or shrugged off for decades, despite growing evidence of the long-term effects on athletes.
Steve James’ latest documentary Head Games is a fearless and brave look at the rapidly escalating concerns surrounding CTE – Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. This condition, which can only be found in post-mortem analysis of a decedent’s brain tissue is becoming far too common a discovery among collision sports athletes who have recently taken their own lives or died far too young.