Trauma Induced

Inspired by the 2006 book of the same name—written by former Harvard defensive lineman and WWE wrestler Chris Nowinski—the film chronicles the rise of concussion awareness in recent years. While much of the information is not new, director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) makes it compelling by attaching faces to the issue, which he approaches from multiple angles. He begins with Nowinski's own story and weaves in those of former NFL players Atkins and Tim Tyrrell, a 51-year-old ex-running back who, at one point in the film, forgets an anecdote in the midst of relating it.

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