Brett Favre explores concussions in football with a new documentary
Throughout his nearly 20 years in the NFL, Brett Favre suffered a number of injuries. However, few of those injuries have had anywhere near the lasting impact of Favre’s concussions. He can’t even guess exactly how many brain injuries he had before his career-ending concussion in 2010.
Now, Favre is exploring his own history with concussions and how traumatic brain injuries are affecting athletics in an upcoming documentary called Shocked: A Hidden Factor in the Sports Concussion Crisis.
The documentary premieres tomorrow, Thursday, on the Stadium Network at 5:30 (CST).
Favre acted as an executive producer for the documentary, which is expected to include personal stories about his concussions in his football career.
While the primary focus of the documentary is to explore concussions in football, Favre is also expected to make a case for how head-to-field hits are overlooked. Favre believes that hard turf fields may be making concussions more likely and argues that making turf fields softer could lessen the potential for injury.
In the documentary, Favre describes the feelings he had when he experienced concussions as “head ringing, you know, hearing bells in my ears.” He added, “most of those were from my head hitting the turf.”
You can watch the trailer for the documentary below, and watch it live on the Stadium Network on Thursday, January 11, at 5:30 (CST).
I really hope that this my comment reaches Mr Favre for his review.
I played American FB in youth, HS, College and tried out for the Pro level but did not have the required speed at my size to compete in that league.
It was not until after college that I discovered Rugby while living on the West Coast of CA
and played that game similar to FB but without a helmet . I quickly learned I had to tackle with my shoulder and not spear a ball carrier with my head which I was taught to do on many FB fields growing up or I would quite literally ring my own bell from the contact.
After playing another 20 seasons at the club rugby level I can remember only one inadvertent blow to my head during all those games that knocked me out .
I know that a couple of NFL teams teach the Rugby tackling technique to their players- I believe the Seahawks and the Falcons. Rugby teams need to be studied and evaluated by the NFL to see what their concussion stats are in relation to American FB.
In Recent years the D and O players use their hands more than in my FB years so head injuries via blocking ( not allowed in Rugby ) is not as big a problem as is via the FB tackling. .
I sincerely believe that if the rugby tackling tech is more widely used in the NFL and elsewhere this could be a head injury game-changer. The head should not be used as a weapon- because it may have been meant to protect but it most definately harms the hitter and the hit.
For the sake of the NFL, College and HS American FB game, its players and my young grand-boys I hope a solution to this ominous problem can be found.