Chris Nowinski first wrote Head Games in 2006. It is now in its 3rd edition, and has inspired two documentary films.

“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

The original 2006 Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis is often credited with being the first book on concussions to capture the scope of public health crisis we were facing with brain trauma in sports. The book has been updated twice (2012 and 2014) and now is in its 3rd edition as Head Games: the Global Concussion Crisis.

For bulk, classroom orders, or autographed copies, please e-mail: nowinski@post.harvard.edu

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Praise for Head Games

“When I first met Chris Nowinski, I knew he had the passion and commitment to make a difference in the world of concussions. His book, Head Games, speaks to the severity and dangers of concussions and is a must-read for everyone. His work and determination have inspired me to promote increased education, awareness and recognition of the concussion injury.”

— Taylor Twellman, five-time All-Star and 2005 Major League Soccer MVP and founder of ThinkTaylor.Org

“Head Games is an eye-opening and intense journey that is a must-read for parents and athletes alike. This amazing story tells each of us what we still have to do to ensure the safety of our kids.”

— Isaiah Kacyvenski, retired eight-year NFL veteran, three-time first-team All-Ivy at Harvard University

“Head Games is an alarming and educational journey on concussions in sports. If you are an athlete, work with athletes or simply love an athlete; Head Games is a must-read to help ensure their short and long-term safety.”

— Cindy Parlow, three-time Olympic Medalist, World Cup Champion, US National Soccer Team

“With the release of Head Games Chris Nowinski has become the Paul Revere of the study of traumatic encephalopathy; sound the alarm about the growing concussion crisis in the sports. Nowinski’s work has been of incalculable benefit to the lives of countless athletes, coaches, and parents.”

— Mick Foley, three-time WWE world champion, bestselling author
of Have a Nice Day and Countdown to Lockdown

“In his book Head Games, Nowinski details his own personal struggle with his career-ending head injury and, through stories of other athletes who have suffered concussions, engages the readers to regard this injury as a public health crisis. While several questions remain to be answered through continued research, there is no question that the largest challenge is for all of us--teammates, family members, coaches, teachers, and yes, health care providers--to do a better job identifying concussions and keeping athletes off the playing field until their brains have fully recovered. Head Games is a must-read for all of us.”

— Cindy J. Chang, MD, Chief Medical Officer, 2012 US Olympic Team
and Head Team Physician, University of California, Berkeley 1995-2008

“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.”

— Robert Cantu, MD, senior advisor, NFL Head, Neck, and Spine Committee
and author of Concussions and Our Kids


Head Games the Film

Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis inspired the documentaries Head Games (2012) and Head Games: the Global Concussion Crisis (2014) by the legendary director Steve James. Among its many awards, Sports Illustrated named it Best Sports Movie of 2012, and it won the Best Documentary at the Boston Film Festival.

The 2012 version focuses on American sports, including football. The 2014 focuses more on global sports, including rugby and soccer.


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