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"Concussion"shines light on brain injuries in football

"Concussion" sheds light on brain injuries in football. (WLUK/Harrington)

The movie "Concussion" starring Will Smith hit movie theaters on Christmas Day and is now renewing talks about brain injuries in football.

The film documents the face off between the NFL and the findings of Doctor Bennet Omalu, as he diagnoses the brain disease CTE, a football related trauma.

"I think the movie right now is part of an important movement where we need to learn as much as we can," said Tom Kolosso, the co-head football coach at Hortonville High School.

He said this past season the team saw first- hand the impact concussions can have on players after one of their own got injured.

"He had some lingering symptoms from a concussion and made the decision to step away from the game and not play his senior year," Kolosso said.

He added the player's decision led to the team buying new helmets that have the technology to track concussions.

"It's basically another set of eyes on all the players, where if they do take a significant hit and it registers in the system, then you get an athletic trainer or a coach on that player right away," said Kolosso.

According to the CDC, 5-10 percent of athletes will experience a concussion in any given sport season. It says football is the most common sport for men to get a concussion in, and soccer is the most common sport for woman to get a concussion in.

"I think the future of the game is going to depend on how safe we can make it," Kolosso said.

Ceilidh Westernberger saw the movie "Concussion" Sunday afternoon.

"I think they did a pretty good job showing his research and how the NFL came down on it," said Westenberger.

She said she thinks the NFL is doing what they can to make the game safer.

"It's still a good sport and I'm glad they put in a lot more regulation and rules on concussions,so they are trying," Westenberger said.

Kolosso said even though the movie will have parents asking themselves if the sport is safe enough for their kids, he says the benefits outweigh the risks.

The movie came in at number six for the weekend box office, bringing in $11 million.


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