Date of Award

Winter 2014

First Advisor

Jacqueline Schmidt


School of Hard Knocks is a documentary film about concussions and the negative impact they have over many different athletes’ lives. The aim of this film keeps in mind the hypothesis of my research: The only way to decrease the harmful effects of concussions is to change attitudes of parents, athletes and coaches alike. This film aims to change those attitudes by telling the story of four athletes from high school, college and professional levels of sport. With the help of medical professionals, the topics range from the definition of a concussion, to second-impact syndrome, to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Through the interviews of Rachael Williams, Tori Bellucci, Bob Golic and Bernie Kosar, viewers begin to understand what it is like when an athlete receives a concussion. Dr. Richard Figler, Dr. Kirsten Hawkins, Michelle Fowler and Brittany Urbania explain the medical issues and treatment surrounding these head injuries.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.