Oklahoma Parent’s Concern Heightens Concussion Awareness

Two years ago it was a bunch of ex-NFLers who made headlines as part of what would become a class action lawsuit against the league for concussions they received during their career. It wasn’t long before the seriousness of concussions became apparent at all levels of contact sports—college, high school, and youth. Awareness was growing at a rapid rate. Now, according to an article appearing in The Oklahoman, a parent in Newcastle is on a mission.

Kerali Davis figured out something was wrong with her son when he forgot how to do math. His eyes said everything. A concussion he received playing football had done its damage.

As expressed in the article, “that experience completely changed Kerali Davis, and now, she’s trying to change the culture in her small town south of Oklahoma City — and beyond. An email that she sent sparked the filming of a documentary about the Newcastle High football team and its efforts to reduce concussions and their effects.”

The name of the film is “The Smartest Team.” It will debut Wednesday night on OETA, Oklahoma’s statewide public media source, “and is expected to air on PBS stations around the country this fall.”

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