Head Games is a documentary that focuses on sports-related injuries that has long-term effects on the athletes’ health. Everyone knows that high-impact sports such as football, lacrosse, and hockey could lead to brain damage.
Every athlete knows that there are risks involved in the sport they play. Head Games provides new angles that can frustrate most sports fans. Society usually turns a blind eye to sports violence and consequences that continue to bug big sports organizations such as the NFL.
Despite the various studies that showed NFL athletes to be more likely to suffer from dementia, most sports fans choose to pretend that the facts are fiction. But they should tell that the family and friends of pro athletes suffering from mental conditions due to repeated blows to the head over the course of their careers.
Head Games follows the careers of several pro athletes, such as college football star and former pro wrestler Chris Nowinski. He is the author of the book, Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis, which is the basis of the movie. He is also considered as a concussion expert.
The documentary features several NFL players who were suffering from depression and driven to suicide. They got signs of CTE, which is the condition considered to be the result of head injury. Then it goes to pro hockey player Keith Primeau, an athlete who has suffered from concussion multiple times. Then it goes to female soccer.
The stories are compelling and all the blame point to institutions of the particular sport. The NFL is compared to the big tobacco companies in their ability to play dumb to the dangers of their product. The documentary points out that athlete accept the consequences of playing their specific sport.
Head Games makes the viewer think about the points raised by it. It doesn’t want to abolish all contact sports but makes a good job of revealing the facts about them.