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The United States of Football opened in select theaters across the country yesterday.
The movie follows Sean Pamphilon – a father, football fan and filmmaker – as he struggles with the question, “Should I let my kid play?”
With insider access to coaches, players and healthcare professionals, Pamphilon’s film documents “a dark side of the game – increasing incidence of brain damage, dementia and slow death resulting from repetitive head trauma among professional athletes.” The United States of Football takes an intimate first-hand look into the lives of players – “once vigorous men with everything to live for, as they lose their minds, their functions and their lives. MRI’s, autopsies and medical research leave little doubt that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a risk for many athletes.”
The United States of Football ends in pain and hope – some football legends wither away leaving angry and grieving families; others bravely continue fighting to reform football. Since it all started with kids, The United States of Football examines football coaching and training from Pee Wees to the pros and “looks at the steps that can be taken to protect players and ensure both the excitement and integrity of football.”
In conjunction with the movie, audiences can expect in-theater appearances from legendary football stars as well as a live Question and Answer Session with the filmmaker and featured former players opening night. A portion of box office proceeds will go to the Kevin Turner Foundation and the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.
Theaters the documentary is being shown in can be found here:
The powerful story of Kevin Turner, the former college and professional football who suffered multiple concussions and has been diagnosed with ALS, is airing tonight on ESPN Classic.
Filmed just a year ago, American Man stands in stark contrast to a recent television report that documents Turner’s bravery and willingness to share how fast the disease has progressed in 12 months. Here is the more recent report if you haven’t seen it: http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/22155790/former-football-player-kevin-turner-opens-up-about-life-with-als
Brooke de Lench, the founder and publisher of MomsTEAM.com®, has produced and directed an hour-long documentary “designed to help football programs and athletes play safer and smarter.”
“The Smartest Team documents how de Lench worked with a high school in rural Oklahoma to address the challenges concussions pose in football. “
The film “begins where other concussion documentaries leave off, not simply identifying the risks of long-term brain injury in football but offering youth and high school programs across the country specific ways to minimize those risks, through a focus on what de Lench calls the “Six Pillars™” of a comprehensive concussion risk management program.
“Through candid interviews of parents, players, the Newcastle High athletic trainer and team doctor, equipment manufacturers, and leading concussion experts, The Smartest Team acknowledges the serious challenge concussions pose while showing in easy-to-understand terms how high school football programs can improve player safety.”
The film “features a number of leading experts on head injuries,” such as Danny Crossman, CEO of Impakt Protective, the developers of the Shockbox Helmet Impact Sensor.
Grossman said in a statement that “the sensor provides team medical staff with an immediate reference point to begin preventative measures in the form of coaching correction, reduced exposure levels, game time recovery and potential concussion assessment. Aligning with the film maker MomsTeam just made sense for Shockbox.”
de Lench said MomsTeam, a portal for youth sports parenting information, has partnered with Impakt “to spread the word about the Shockbox Helmet Impakt Sensor and to award them the MomsTeam Seal of Approval. It essentially gives parents, trainers, coaches and team doctors a set of electronic eyes with which to watch out for concussions that might otherwise go undetected. This is either because the signs were too subtle to be seen by officials, coaches, athletic trainers, team doctors or parents on the sports sideline, or because the player, out of a desire to stay in the game, failed to report experiencing concussion symptoms such as headache or dizziness that warrant, at the very least, further evaluation.”
“This revolutionary sensor is a natural alignment with what we are trying to do and as illustrated in the documentary, has proven to be an essential tool in the fight against the concussion issues in football across the country,” she added.