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January 27th, 2012
02:55 PM ET

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Big Hits, Broken Dreams

On any given Friday at countless American high schools over four million kids are playing tackle football. Those kids are going head to head and helmet to helmet. But this isn't all fun and games. This sport can be as dangerous as it gets.

Just ask the team at JH Rose High School in North Carolina. Three years ago, the worst happened to this championship team. A tragedy they've little explored, until now. There's a price to be paid by these players on the front lines and lessons to be learned from their experience.

CNN's Senior Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta spent the season with the Rose Rampants, a team trying hard to turn tragedy into triumph. But can they win games and stay safe?

You'll meet players, families and doctors who will tell you something you might not want to hear.. but its something that may just save our kids.

"Big Hits, Broken Dreams" premieres this Sunday at 8:00 pm ET, replaying at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.


Filed under: Broken Dreams • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. GLEN

    EXCELLENT REPORT – HOW DO I GET A COPY OF THIS PROGRAM ... WHEN WILL IT BE SHOWN AGAIN DURING MARCH AND APRIL 2012

    March 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  2. Tony ATC

    Excellant program, however there is a concern not discussed in the report. The program in Pitt County is utilizing graduate student athletic trainers from East Carolina University. A selling point was that the school corporation is only paying 1/3 of what it would normally cost for a full-time athletic trainer. However as part of state mandated University budget cuts, the athletic training graduate program is on the potential chopping block for elimination.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  3. Janet Hiles

    Also wanting to know about getting a copy of this program. Thank you ..

    March 4, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  4. Beth

    I just watched Big Hits Broken Dreams tonight. Will it be rebroadcast again soon? My husband coaches high school football and I would like him to see it. Maybe purchasing a video is an available option?

    February 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • Jane A murphy

      Is it possible to buy a DVD of this program, or is there a podcast available? My granddaughter got a concussion two weeks ago while playing basketball. She is 12 years old and and still scores low on the computer test. Her parents do not whether she should be going to school, reading etc. Where can one find the protocal to follow?

      February 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  5. Heather, ATC

    How can I get a copy of this????

    February 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  6. Terri

    "Big Hits, Broken Dreams" seems to be preempted with Whitney Houston special on February 18th. Will it be rescheduled?

    February 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
  7. Disappointed in North Carolina

    Looks like you're pre-empting this show again – I'm showing a CNN Presents "Life and Death of Whitney Houston" in the February 18th 8PM, 11PM and Sunday 2AM time slots. Do you have a new time for rebroadcasting "Big Hits, Broken Dreams"??

    February 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Danielle, ATC

    Will it be replayed February 18th or on February 25th?

    February 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  9. Brenda

    I also teach a sports medicine class and would love to obtain a copy to show to my students. Will it be available online or for purchase?

    February 7, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  10. Fatima Gonzalez

    I'm an athletic trainer in an inner city high school in Kansas City, KS, and would love a copy of this to show to my football team, we've been struggling with kids hiding their symptoms and need to show the consequences of their actions. Thank you for making people aware of the importance of ATCs in practices and games.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  11. Lisa Berman

    will it be replayed again? is it on demand somewhere?

    February 6, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  12. k shepard

    CNN's February 4th rebroadcast of Sanjay Gupta's Big Hits/Broken Dreams was pre-empted by the Nevada Caucus coverage in our area. Will it be rebroadcast? If so, when? If not, how can we obtain a copy? Can it be viewed on the internet? If so, how do you get to it?

    February 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • CNN Presents

      You can catch it again on Saturday, February 18th at 8pm ET, replaying at 11pm and 2am ET.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  13. thomas manning

    i go to jhrose and i was wondering if the full video was online

    February 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  14. Ms. Gier (Teacher)

    I teach sports medicine classes to high school students. I would love to get a copy of this to show to my classes. Is this possible?

    February 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Suzanne

      How do I get a copy of this?

      March 2, 2012 at 11:11 am |
  15. Ronnie LOVLER

    Missed this special. Will it play again or be available online?

    January 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm |