Road to Victory

I just recently watched Road to Victory an independent film by Mike Reilly that was screened and won some film festival awards.

It was an interesting tale about a star college quarterback, think more Peyton Manning than Tim Tebow, who is  the son of a “football legend” who was more of a legend because of the what-if questions that followed him as he left the professional game to take care of his motherless child and the pressures of being the next big thing and health concerns. He meets and falls in love with a stripper, who coincidentally used to date a teammate, which is a bit of a wrinkle for the football team and in his relationship. As their romance progresses, he discovers that he is having biological issues in the bedroom, which adds more stress to the relationship, questions of fidelity, fertility, and compassion. Eventually it is discovered that the concussion that he suffered the previous season affected his brain and hormones like taking steroids would, and that is the cause of his inabilities. He is advised to make a choice between football and its possible fame or the ability to have children.

There were some (at least for me) awkward physical scenes and some out-of-no-where rage scenes, but it raised some questions. Could you be with someone that you are pretty sure that you will not be able to have a child with? Would you honestly choose a chance at a family over possible fame? Would you date someone (and consider having a future) that has a questionable job? What level of care and compassion would you need to go through a trying time? Could you be with someone that constantly ridicules you about your medical condition?

One thing that could make or break the movie for me, like the bank scene in Once, is if a concussion can change body chemistry and the nerves the same way that taking steroids would. Any current or future doctors (Titi) please shed light on this question if you can…

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One response to “Road to Victory

  1. Hi,

    I stumbled across this post on a random google search, but I really it. Having played college football, I’d be interested in checking out the flick.

    As far as concussions and their ability to affect sexual function, the answer is a definitive yes. The first physician to publicly address this issue was Dr. Eugene Shippen in his book, Testosterone Syndrome.

    There is a reason that both Viagra and Cialis are official sponsors of the NFL.

    Right now, the NFL players Union and the League are in discussions about increased medical benefits to retirees as a study commissioned by the NFL through the University of Michigan showed that football players show much higher incidence of neurological disease.

    As you can imagine, the subject of Erectile Dysfunction among or about players is very hush-hush, but it does happen, and as such, these players often use ancillary drugs to help, such as Viagra and Cialis, although, depending on the type of damage to the brain, these drugs can fail, and lead to more drastic measures such as injections directly into the penis, a technique often employed by porn stars.

    As far as how closely head trauma can mimic the side effects of steroid use, that is a tricky question as many steroids behave differently, and have different side effects such as high blood pressure and gyno, but a common side effect of someone coming off of a cycle or someone staying on the wrong drug for too long is ED.

    Ironically, doctors employ the same treatment for endocrine disorders from head trauma as they do for steroid abuse.

    Hope this helps. Now that I’ve nerded out, I’ll have to check out the film.

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