-- Cindy Parlow, 3-timeOlympic Medalist, World Cup Champion and US National Soccer Team (1996-2004)
"When I first metChris Nowinski, I knew he had the passion and commitment to make a differencein the world of concussions. His book, HEAD GAMES, speaks to the severity anddangers of concussions and is a must-read for everyone. His work anddetermination have inspired me to promote increased education, awareness andrecognition of the concussion injury."
-- TaylorTwellman, 2005 MLS MVP, 5-time All-Star and Founder of ThinkTaylor.org
"With the releaseof HEAD GAMES Chris Nowinski has become the Paul Revere of the study oftraumatic encephalopathy; sounding the alarm about the growing concussioncrisis in sports. Nowinski's work has been of incalculable benefit to the livesof countless athletes, coaches and parents."
-- Mick Foley, 3-timeWWE World Champion and Author of "Have A Nice Day"
"Knowing aboutconcussions and really understanding concussions are two very different things.My lack of understanding ended my career. Chris has presented insight thatcould save yours."
-- Keith Primeau, 15-yearNHL Veteran, 2-time All-Star and Co-Founder of stopconcussions.com
From the Author
After the book came out, I got off the sideline and got inthe game. I became an activist, a researcher, and a vocal advocate. I co-foundedthe non-profit Sports Legacy Institute and the Center for the Study ofTraumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine. Some havegiven me credit for playing a leading role, along with many others, ininitiating the dramatic cultural change we have seen in sports ever since.
The book has inspired a documentary, Head Games, directed by Steve James, the award-winning director of Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters. Head Games was released on September 21st,2012 and told my story and the story of how the sports world was forced toconfront the concussion crisis. The film made it clear to me that the bookneeded to be updated. Some of the medical advice was outdated, and in six shortyears the world was already a different place. That update turned into arewrite, because what happened after 2006 was just so much more interestingthan what happened before. But we kept the same name for the book as the movie.So welcome to Head Games redux.
To appreciate what happened after 2006, you have toappreciate what the world was like back then. Therefore, in Part One I havestayed true to the original text as much as possible. Keep in mind it waswritten in 2006, and that I don't know everything I know now. The majority ofthe book, Parts Two and Three, are completely new, and many of the stories havenever been told.
I am excited about the changes that have occurred since2006. However, based on what we've learned, I'm also more scared than I wasback then. While I am confident future generations of athletes will be safer, Ihave grave concerns for the guys I played with and those who came before me. Itis now crystal clear that the old way of dealing with concussions has destroyedbrains and has torn apart families, and we have a lot of brains to fix andfamilies to mend.
Few people know the truth about head injuries in sports.Someday I hope to have a son, and I bet he'll want to play contact sports. On the one hand, I'llwant him to play so he canhave the same fun I had and face the same challenges I faced. Today, at 34years-old, my brain is still functional. Yet knowing what I now know about whatmight be in store for me and the guys I played with, I'm not sure what sportI'll be able to give him my blessing to play. There are still too many unansweredquestions. But I have the luxury of having a theoretical kid. You mayhave a real one who needs real answers to real questions. I hope this bookprovides those answers.