Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre opens up about his career and his history of head injuries in an upcoming documentary, Shocked: A Hidden Factor in the Sports Concussion Crisis. The show premiered on the Stadium network. Favre served as executive producer of the documentary and shared personal stories about his injuries. The 48-year-old spent 20 years in the NFL, mostly with the Packers, with whom he won a Super Bowl and three MVP awards. He last played for the Vikings in 2010, with a concussion ending his season and eventually his career.
The documentary also focuses on Gracie Hussey, now a high school senior, Hussey has been plagued by Post-Concussion Syndrome caused by hitting her head on the turf while playing soccer when she was 13. Their stories speak for the thousands of athletes who are suffering head and body injuries on fields that could be built safer. Several doctors, an expert in field design and former NFL running back Ed Marinaro are featured in the film too.
There are between an estimated 1.6 and 3.8 million sports-related concussions in the United States every year. The rate of concussions in youth soccer doubled from 1990 to 2014 and there are there are approximately 67,000 diagnosed concussions in high school football every year. When you take into account one-in-five concussions are suffered from a head-to-turf impact, the playing surface begins to become a major factor in reducing the severity and repercussions of head injuries in sports.
Shocked: “The Hidden Factor in the Sports Concussion Crisis” explores the lives affected by collisions with the turf, the evolution and science of synthetic turf, the safety pitfalls prevalent in the industry, testing and maintenance of artificial turf, and what needs to be done to reduce the risk for athletes, from pee-wees to the pros.
Favre and KMG Media hope the latest production will bring some positive change to the sport to help the next generation of players.