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January 27th, 2012
10:55 PM ET

Video: Dangerous football-related concussions

Anderson Cooper speaks with Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the devastating brain injuries caused by hard hits on the field. Watch his documentary "Big Hits, Broken Dreams" on Sunday, January 29 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET.

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  1. Carrie

    WOW – GREAT program!! I too am VERY interested in seeing if I can get a few copies of the aired program Big Hits, Broken Dreams for use as a learning tool in our local high school sports program. I would be more then happy to pay for such. I play a VERY BIG part in the health of in 9 our high schools in the area. I feel this program would REALLY help not just kinds, but coaches, and parents. Can you PLEASE let me know if I can get such? Thank you!

    February 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  2. Jen Blodgett

    I am a Licensed Athletic Trainer from Wisconsin who is interested in getting a copy of this video for use as a learning tool for all of my athletes. This is a very well done video with many perspectives and demonstrations for the athletes to learn from. I also like that the athletic trainers are portrayed in a very positive light within the health care system as first responders and providers. I think it is important for the athletes to trust us and also for all athletes, coaches and parents to be educated on concussions and the scary reality of the situation. I see athletes every day that have had one concussion, multiple concussions, a "slight concussion", or a severe concussion and each one recovers in a different manner. The brain is truly a magnificent organ and with that a scary thing to mess with!

    Thank you for producing such a great educational piece.

    February 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  3. Crystal

    I think most athletic trainers would love this to be available for showing to their athletes, coaches, parents. Not all can access CNN to see it on TV and I would almost love this video to be required. It had amazing information in it. Very solid video. Props to Sanjay Gupta and CNN for airing it!

    February 1, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  4. Gail Smith

    I too would like to be able to obtain a full copy of the documentary Big Hits, Broken Dreams. Please advise. The one now being shown on the website does not appear to be the entire interview between Anderson and Dr. Gupta. Also, in the previews leading up to the airing of this show last Saturday and Sunday, the previews showed pictures of soccer players (Youth) hitting with their heads, but nothing in this documentary seems to address the potential problems of brain damage related to soccer players. I am curious if the new evidence about continuous hits to the brain would pertain to soccer players and other sports types as it seems obvious it would. I would also like to hear Dr. Gupta's summation of recommendations regarding these new findings and how to improve on these damaging brain issues. Sorry I missed the full program last weekend. When I tuned in at 6:30 Central time to CNN, the documentary was not being shown. ???

    January 31, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
  5. David Bennett

    I am interested in seeing if we can get a copy of the aired program Big Hits, Broken Dreams for use as a learning tool in our local high school sports program. We are seeing cuncussions occur in not only football, but also wrestling.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  6. Andy

    I coach age 11 tackle football and just before the season started in the summer of 2011 I was told I had to attend a head injury clinic. I attended and found it very worthwhile. At practice between games three and four, we were scrimmaging another team. The play call in the huddle was a QB keeper. My son, Chase was the QB. I was standing with two other asst coaches and I said this play should be good for 7 yards. On the snap Chase was running hard and gained some yardage when he was tackled by several players. He spun around and as he went to the ground, the back of his head hit the compacted dirt. He was knocked out for five seconds. As he laid there motionless we thought he was playing with us. I walked him to the sidelines, took him home, then to the ER room. We took him to his own doc the next day. No cranium cracks, no internal bleeding, but there was swelling. Headaches, unable to concentrate, unable to sleep and other conditions. We have not allowed him to play since that day and probably never will again, as I do believe he has had other concussions. So often you hear about helmet to helmet hits, but I actually I think head to ground strikes cause more concussions and are unnoticed. I am really glad the director of the league called and explained the new law and the concussion clinic. In previous years we would have sent a kid back in when he could look at you and say "I am ready to go back in." I appreciate the program tonight.

    January 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm |