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VCU Researcher Pleased with Film’s Focus on Concussions

Earlier this week, Will Smith talked about his new film Concussion and his reasons, as a “football parent,” for making it.

In the film, Smith plays Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who first diagnosed Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease, in football players.

Dr. David Cifu who chairs the Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the VCU Medical Center says awareness has brought attention to concussion injuries and produced results.

Injured players must be seen by a specialist before they can play again.

They’re doing the right thing, he said, by screening kids and preventing secondary or repeated trauma.