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The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America's indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the league has tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players.
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PBSFRONTLINE: League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis DVD
 
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5.0

"Love of the Game"

By Stray Dog

from Orangevale CA near Folsom and Sacramento

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Comments about PBS FRONTLINE: League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis DVD:

I was 59 year old middle linebacker when I played my last semi-professional football game. Keep your head on a swivel when you're out there. The play ran away from me so I ignored that basic law. The result, a 25 year old University level football player about 6' tall 210 lbs. running at full speed delivered a violent crushing crack back block. Airborne, I could hear his teammates and the crowd cheering and applauding, a perfectly executed and legal block. I was thinking you dummy this is going to hurt. Then I hit the ground, yards from where I started. Everything became silent, I could not focus my eyes it was dark then light, my ears started to ring, I was nauseated, could not catch my breath and my head started ache. I did a quick inventory of my extremity's and even though I was shaking and my strength gone, I jumped to my feet, refused assistance from my teammates with the exception of a question, "which way is our sidelines", and like any tough, seasoned, experienced football player that had had his bell rung several times, I walked to my sidelines.
In my 27 years of SPF this had happened many times and I had delivered this type of hit hundreds of times. MLB is a violent hitting position. Either taking on blocks from blocking backs or offensive linemen or making tackles leading with my head, trying to hit with all the power I could generate from my legs, through my torso into my arms and hands and finally with my head.
I am very familiar with and have been treated for the symptoms of CTE. Any player can tell you that after playing violently they recognize them. It's real, it is happening today and most players even though they have been educated about CTE will continue to play because of their, "Love of the Game".

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Football and Head Injuries

By Pierre Joncas

from Montreal, Canada

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Comments about PBS FRONTLINE: League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis DVD:

In a recent New Yorker review of the film Draft Day, David Denby writes that football is a game "whose inner logic demands violence". League of Denial vividly illustrates the traumas to which football players of all ages are exposed, notably long-term brain damage in the form of chronic traumatic encephalitis (CTE), which can lead to memory loss and dementia, among other grave ailments.
While the NFL refused to acknowledge any connection between football and CTE, it nevertheless reached a settlement with a group of retired players, agreeing to pay $765 million to care for post career ailments and fund further research – even though research spanning more than a decade at Boston University had given most persuasive results.
Accordingly, parents who might consider encouraging their children to become involved, even at an amateur level, in competitive football – or, for that matter in any sport where body contact is widespread, such as hockey – would be well advised to watch this Frontline documentary attentively.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Informative and a

By Eurocat

from California

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Comments about PBS FRONTLINE: League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis DVD:

This is an informative vidoe for anyone in the public relations field or a sports enthusiast. After reading, "Slow Getting Up," by Nate Jackson (former Denver Bronco's player), I became interested in the amount of injuries in the NFL. The fact players are injured (often severely) on the field and still return to play is provaccative. At what cost to their bodies and welfare do these players, many who love the game for what it is, contnue to play? What is the NFL's responsibility to the players and the public?

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow!

By Enlightened

from Stockton, Ca

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Comments about PBS FRONTLINE: League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis DVD:

So powerful and intriguing! I honestly happened upon this documentary on PBS one night and had every intention of surfing the channels for something else to watch, but I could touch the remote. My son plays football and is ecstatic about signing up to play for his high school. He was blind-sided when I told him that because of the dangers of football and the dramatic research linking it to brain damage which has resulted in many suicides, I cannot in good conscious as a mother allow him to play. He is pretty upset, but I will be having him watch this so he can understand that I come from a place of love and concern. I am hoping to share this with friends so they can be informed before putting their kids on the field. ITS A MUST SEE!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I FIND THIS AMAZING!

By WRKN_MAMA

from LOS ANGELES, CA

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Comments about PBS FRONTLINE: League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis DVD:

I LOVE THE MEDICAL FINDINGS IN THIS DOCUMENTARY BECAUSE IT SHOWS HOW TRAUMA CAN BE CAUSE EVEN WITH THE SHORTEST TIME. AS WELL AS, HOW A LARGE CORPORATION OF "GOOD OL'BOYS" TRY'S SO HARD TO COVER UP THEIR "TRACKS IN THE SNOW" (KNOWING FULL WELL THE WEBSTER ADMISSION PUT THE NAIL IN THE PROVERBIAL COFFIN).

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