Writer-director Peter Landesman’s biographical drama, based on an article published in GQ, follows Nigerian-born forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu as he slowly uncovers the mystery of former pro football players who die young. His discovery of severe brain trauma, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), is controversial and draws denials from the league — until his findings compel action. Will Smith gives an earnest performance as the doctor, as do Alec Baldwin as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ former physician and Albert Brooks as Omalu’s supportive boss. But Concussion didn’t do well at the box office and has been criticized by some for various inaccuracies. Dr. Gerardo Vazquez, a Texas Tech sports medicine physician who has done research in the field, will take part in a Q&A after the film with sponsored surfer Monica Riehl and licensed Jefferson High School athletic trainer Maria Tuck.
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