By Kevin Earl Wood, Investigative Reporter
Bay Community News
Panama City, Florida
Published February 5, 2016
The movie “Concussion“, starring superstar Will Smith, has created a storm of controversy following its Christmas Day release in U.S. theaters.
Mothers and others across the nation are slowly learning how playing high-impact contact sports, particularly the extremely violent game of football, threatens the still developing brains of their children from elementary school through high school and college.
Mothers have begun to unite to take on the NFL demanding that there will be no more Silence of the Lambs failing to protect our children youth, and young adults sent by public schools, colleges and the NFL to slaughter on the gridiron.
The threat of life disabling injuries and brain damage is too high a price for a mother and child to pay for a moment of glory in the sun on the college or NFL gridiron.
The release of the movie “Concussion” is now beginning to inform and energize mothers across the nation to become “fully informed” about how a progressive brain disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or “CTE” begins in the brains of their children and slowly eats at the brain bit-by-bit through adulthood as the child continues to play football or other high-impact sports.
Unfortunately, the brain disease CTE is undetectable while an athlete is still living and currently can only be detected posthumously after the athlete’s death, the brain removed during autopsy and studied. Research is continuing today to hopefully find one day a means of early detection.
For generations now mothers have been “fully informed” to protect their children from smoking, alcohol, drugs and other dangers to the child’s health, safety and well-being.
Lungs removed from long-time smokers during an autopsy clearly shows the garbage and damage to the lungs that accumulates in the lungs over the years particularly if they began smoking in their youth.
One look at a lung from a smoker compared to a normal pink lung sends the message to the mother – no smoking son, or daughter!
Like smoking, researchers at institutions such as Boston University have studied the medical and physical science behind CTE and the brains of former football players.
Boston University scientists at the Center for CTE research (http://www.bu.edu/cte/) have concluded that repetitive brain trauma from repetitively high impact sports collisions between players or the ground, such as occur routinely in football, is linked to CTE brain deterioration.
CTE is not just limited to the sport of football but as well to other sports as well.
In severe advanced cases of CTE the normal brain compared to an advanced CTE brain during an autopsy sends the same message to mothers as does the pictures of lungs of smokers.In November, 2013, a national unification organization, Mothers Against Concussions (MAC)(http://mothersagainstconcussions.org/) was created to educate and “fully inform” parents and protect children from concussions in sports and particularly football.
Will Smith’s real-life character, Nigerian-American Dr. Bennett Omalu, is a naive, reserved medical genius who connects the progressive brain disease CTE beginning in 2002 to the game of football and particularly the National Football League (NFL) in the U.S.
As expected, the NFL turned against Dr. Omalu and tried to discredit him to hide the truth about CTE. The most prominent line in the movie by Will Smith is, “Tell the truth. Tell the truth.”
Mothers in Florida now wait to be “fully informed” and for their local school boards, their legislators in the Florida House and Senate, and the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA), who oversees Florida public school sports programs by law, to, “Tell the truth. Tell the truth.”
Dr. Omalu’s revelation about CTE was a result of his study of the autopsied brain of Mike Webster, a former Pittsburgh Steelers home town hero remembered in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As the real-life story is told in “Concussion”, the NFL does everything to destroy the reputation of Dr. Omalu, or threaten him.
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