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Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis from the NFL to Youth Leagues Paperback – October 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Drummond Publishing Group (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597630136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597630139
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,108,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must read for all parents and coaches in contact sports.
D. Kaiser
Nowinksi has a personal writing style and uses his own experience for credibility and context.
J. Nussbaum
The focus of this book is on football players and head concussions.
Jennifer Savage

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Brian Lapham on October 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
I played organized football from the time I was 8 years old up until this past spring at 23. For almost fifteen years of my life I was injuried in a variety of ways from broken bones, sprained ligaments, dislocations, etc. However it wasn't until I read this book that I realized all of these injuries paled in comparison to the risk that I put my brain through on a daily basis. By most standards I am a fairly well educated person but I still had no idea what a concussion actually is. I thought that I did but my base was way off. Nor did I have any real clue about the long term damage that can be caused even by playing with "having your bell rung." Through my entire career people would always come up from hits a little bit woozy and I never even blinked at it. I had the same thing a ton of times and just kept on playing. That's just what everyone was taught from the time we were very young. You don't have to be knocked out or totally loopy to have a concussion. Obviously these cases are much more serious, but long term damage can occur even without brain injuries this severe. Nowinski does a fantastic job of clearly defining what a concussion is, discussing new ways to deal with concussions in football, and also interlacing incredible personal stories to keep the reader turning the pages. I sat down and read this book in about 8 hours or so. I really just couldn't put it down. Nowinski delivers the facts without bogging the reader down with overly complex language. If you are a player think about how much time you spend training and ask yourself whether or not 8 hours of your time is worth it to learn how much you really are at risk for very serious long term problems due to concussions.Read more ›
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Savage on October 19, 2006
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Nowinski writes about something he knows all too well, head concussions. After just 1 year actively wrestling for the WWE Nowinski was forced into early retirement due to post concussion syndrome. In his quest for answers about his condition he came upon a startling reality. The focus of this book is on football players and head concussions. The reality of how often it happens and the seriousness of not just short term effects, but long term as well are frightening. As a former football player both in high school and for Harvard University, Nowinski knows just how common these injuries are. Backed by many medical experts, Nowinski's revelations are startling. If you are a parent of a child in any contact sport, read this book! If you, yourself, play any kind of contact sport, read this book! Even if you don't play a sport of have children who do, this book is an interesting read and is written in a style that flows well and doesn't get bogged down with technical terms. Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Damore on February 5, 2007
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As an emergency medicine physician I found this to be a very entertaining and informative book that should be a mandatory read for all parents, coaches and health care professionals that are assosciated with contact sports .The author related up to date medical thinking in a easy to understand way that will have the majority of physicians thinking "Wow , I didn't know that ! "

I would suggest all parents "force " there sons to read this before playing to really emphasize the difference between "hurt and injured."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Nussbaum on February 10, 2007
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As a physician and athlete, I was surprised at how much I didn't know about head injuries! Not only is this book an excellent layman's guide, it is a well-researched and even-handed review of the emerging data on post-concussion disability. Nowinksi has a personal writing style and uses his own experience for credibility and context. He is to be commended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Higgins on October 5, 2007
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I had 11 concussions playing football in the 1960's. My last two happened when I was playing for the NY Jets Taxi Squad. They ended my career. "Head Games - Football's Concussion Crisis" has given information
and understanding that I had not known in 40 years. I think every parent should have knowledge about head injuries no matter what sport their children play. "Head Games - Football's Concussion Crisis" is a great way to start.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Alexander on February 19, 2007
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This should be required reading for every clinician that sees patients who have had concussions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Kaiser on September 19, 2008
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Excellent well researched book that de-mystifies the I got my "bell rung" attitudes. Gives practical strategies to manage head injury risks. A must read for all parents and coaches in contact sports.
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