Brain injuries are traumatic, and when they happen they can be life-changing. It's also an issue that is prevalent and seems to be hard to prevent in many circumstances. For this reason, it's no surprise to see that there are lots of movies about brain injury, many of which are very insightful and a fascinating watch. We thought it would be good to round up our favorite movies in this category - the brain injury movies that we think are the best. Let's get into the list:
This documentary is all about snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who suffers a brain injury while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics. This film is about the injury, which was partly fuelled by Pearce's fierce rivalry with Shaun White which caused him to keep pushing himself, but is also about his incredible comeback after his injury. The film shows how he was lucky to survive, but also the strength he needed to bounce back.
This documentary features football player and pro-wrestler Chris Nowinski, who goes on a journey to learn more about the impact of repeated concussions and subconcussive blows. This documentary is great because it doesn't just give the perspectives of experts, it also features interviews with athletes, their families, and journalists. We highly recommend you watch it.
This film starring Will Smith really brought the topic of concussion to the forefront of the conversation across sport when it was released in 2015. Smith plays a doctor who is determined to raise awareness about the risk of brain injuries from football-related head trauma, after doing an autopsy on a retired NFL player and seeing that he was suffering from neurological deterioration similar to Alzheimer's disease. It's a great movie and we highly recommend you watch it.