Praise for Head Games

Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis is about as real as it gets with respect to the challenges faced by victims of sport concussion. Chris Nowinskidoes an excellent job of weaving his own experiences following injury, with those of other athletes, physicians, and concussion researchers. This book is an important contribution to the literature on the topic, and should be read by any physician or athlete faced with managing the aftermath of concussion. Head Games is an easy read, yet just as informative as many of the technical publications on sport related concussion.”

Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC
Professor and Chair, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Director, Sports Medicine Research Laboratory, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Board of Directors, Center for the Study of Retired Athletes

Head Games is the kind of book that everybody who is a part of football or any contact sport needs to read. I’ve played, coached, or commentated football my entire life, and I’ll never look at this game the same way. It’s all right here, in black-and-white football does have a concussion crisis, and we need fix it now.”

Jesse Ventura
Former Governor of Minnesota

“I had a severe concussion and bleeding in my brain while wrestling for the WWE last year. For months afterward I had terrible symptoms, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, that I couldn’t explain. I went from doctor to doctor to try to understand what was wrong with me, but no one could give me any answers that helped. I was struggling. Then I spoke with Chris Nowinski. More than any doctor had, he helped me understand what had happened to my brain, why I felt the way I did, and what it meant in the big picture. The information in this book can help you the same way it helped me.”

Chavo Guerrero, WWE Superstar

“Nowinski has detailed his own experiences and researched those of others, which may change the way we look at concussions in athletes. This book is recommended as it explores the individual’s sojourn through the many ramifications of head injury.”

Dr. Julian Bailes, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, West Virginia University
Former Pittsburgh Steelers team physician
Author of Sports Related Concussion and When Winning Costs Too Much

“In this book, Chris Nowinski in a personal, provocative, compelling, and authoritative manner affords the lay public comprehensive insight into sports-related concussion. I recommend this book ardently to every athlete of especially contact/collision sports and to their parents and family. Chris has compiled an encyclopedic resource on this topic that will not only enhance informed decisions by athletes and their families but also, with the knowledge contained in between these covers, afford safer participation.”

Dr. Robert Cantu, M.A., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.S.M.
Chairman, Department of Surgery; Chief, Neurosurgery Service;
and Director, Service Sports Medicine; Emerson Hospital, Concord, Massachusetts
Adjunct Professor, Exercise and Sport Science University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill;
Medical Director, National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Co-Director, Neurological Sports Injury Center at Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston, MA
Neurosurgery Consultant, Boston College Eagles and Boston Cannons Lacrosse teams


If you are a parent of a child in any contact sport you must read this book.
If you participate in any contact sport you owe it to yourself to check this book out.
This book should be mandatory reading for every sports coach in America.

Eric Cohen, About.com
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There is a book that everyone involved in any aspect of all contact sports should read as soon as possible.
It’s called “Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis.”

Joe Sullivan, Manchester Union-Leader
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This is a very important book, whether you are a football fan,
a young player wanting to get into the sport, or a concerned parent.

Mark Bright, Wrestlemag.com
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If there is one person that sports fans, much less wrestling fans, should be thanking, it’s Nowinski, who has taken a terrible turn of events from his own life and is trying to use it to warn others and better the way concussions are treated (and sometimes dismissed) by the medical and sporting worlds. I can’t recommend his book, Head Games, enough.

Mike Johnson, Pro Wrestling Insider
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