Will Smith highlights concussions in football with new movie

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Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the brains of NFL players. (Columbia Pictures)
Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the brains of NFL players. (Columbia Pictures)

As the American National Football League (NFL) continues to struggle with the health risks posed by concussions, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll finds that vast majorities of Americans say football teams need to do more to protect their players from head injuries.

The poll reveals that the public is now widely aware of the often-debilitating and sometimes deadly health problems facing many current and retired professional players -- a controversy that's the focus of a new Will Smith movie, Concussion, which premieres Christmas Day.

"There's definitely an increase in concern for players at all levels," said Dr. Sharief Taraman, a pediatric neurologist at Children's Hospital of Orange County, California.

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