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Indie Roundup: ‘Head Games’

Banging your head is common in sports. The skull is basically used as a missile in football. Heading the ball is a key move in soccer. And what would hockey be without checking and the odd fistfight? Yet as New York Times journalist Alan Schwarz deadpans in Steve James’s latest documentary, “Head Games,” “It’s been known for a long time that banging your head over and over and over again can be a bad thing.” That bad thing is called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). At one point in the movie, Ann McKee, a researcher for the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy who spends much of her day slicing through brains with a bread knife, shows a slide of an affected brain from a deceased NFL player. Instead of a healthy creamy white on the inside, the organ is brown and spotted, as if it had been used as an ashtray. The afflicted are prone to memory loss, violent behavior, and depression. And there’s growing evidence that the disease might not affect just aging pugilists but possibly teenage or even younger athletes. Continue reading ‘Indie Roundup: ‘Head Games’’


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