A neuroscientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who has studied concussions for more than two decades says a new film about brain injuries and professional football is prompting good discussion of the issue but may create unnecessary paranoia over it as well.
Kevin Guskiewicz said the film “Concussion” is part truth, part fiction in telling the story of a scientist who first linked a degenerative brain condition to the repeated blows to the head football players dish out and receive and then faced down the National Football League over his research. Guskiewicz is a former trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers who now heads the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at UNC-Chapel Hill.
“It was very entertaining movie, certainly made for Hollywood,” he said Tuesday. “(It’s) based on a true story, but they certainly twisted the truth in certain parts of the movie to keep it entertaining.”