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New movie deals with brain injuries in the NFL

Ohio residents may have heard about the connection between contact sports and a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. After examining the brains of former professional football players, researchers have determined that there is a strong link between American football and CTE. Now, that link has been explored in a movie starring Will Smith.

The actor has said that he was initially reluctant to play Dr. Bennet Omalu in the movie 'Concussion." The film explores the discoveries that Dr. Omalu made while studying the brains of former NFL players. Because he is a huge football fan, Smith said that he did not want to be the person to tell the world about the hidden dangers of the sport. However, Smith said that after looking into Dr. Omalu's research, he wanted to let other parents know about the dangers of football.

During the production of 'Concussion," Smith met with Dr. Omalu as well as family members of deceased NFL players who were diagnosed with CTE. Smith met the family of Hall of Fame center 'Iron Mike" Webster who died at age 50. Webster's body was autopsied by Dr. Omalu, and he was posthumously diagnosed with CTE. Dave Duerson, another former NFL player who was portrayed in the movie, was posthumously diagnosed with CTE after he killed himself in 2011. Now that there is more research being done on the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries, people may have a better idea of the financial impact of these injuries.

While traumatic brain injuries are often associated with contact sports, they can also be the result of a car accident or a sudden fall. A lawyer can often help a person who has sustained a head injury caused by another party's negligence to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses and other damages.

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