The Reviews section of our website started as the No Limits Film Series, a project No Limits Eastern Shore began in July 2013. We screened educational films (dvd or video) related to brain injury. As each film was seen, it was listed on this page and reviewed by the No Limits group.
We will continue to add to these resource reviews periodically as a guide to the brain injury resources that we use in our program. All opinions expressed are our own as individual group members and do not represent the
official views of No Limits Eastern Shore.
Gross Motor Game Reviews:
Bullseye Target Toss
We like this game as the rules are very easy to understand. The aim of the game is to toss your bean bag as close to the center, or “bulls eye” as possible, as the bulls eye contains the highest point value. All of the other circles around the bulls eye are worth less points, very similarly to a game of darts. We sometimes have trouble interpreting how many points were scored if the bag thrown does not land directly on its target. Overall we do enjoy this game, but do not find it as interesting as some of our other gross motor activities. We think this game might be especially good for people who enjoy playing darts but may not be able to play anymore!
S&S® Chip Chuckin’™ Game
We like this tossing game because it is silly! The entire point of the game is to try and get the “Cow Chips” or “Cow Pie” to land on a square that is appropriate for manure, or else you get negative points! For example, if you toss the “Cow Pie” into the square marked “Cornfield” you earn points, but if you land the “Cow Pie” on the “Farmer’s Wife” square you lose points! Haha! We have substituted our favorite lightweight bean bags in place of the “Cow Pies” that came with the game set because they leave your hands smelling like rubber or latex. We have also found that the bean bags are easier to throw. Overall we like this tossing game, although it is sometimes difficult to determine point values if the bean bag does not land completely on a marked square.
Funky Bean Bag Toss
This is one of our newer gross motor activities. We like this mat because of the cool colors and fun sayings. We do believe that it would be easier to determine point values if there was less white space/blank space on the board. Overall this is a nice target toss game.
Inflatable Mouse and Cheese Toss Game
This is another one of our new gross motor activities that we have enjoyed very much. We find that for tossing games it is much easier to determine points fairly when the object is to land the bean bag in a hole rather than on a spot/target on a mat. For example, if the bean bag lands in between 2 point value squares on a mat a decision must be made as to which point value will be given as the score. With the object being to land the bean bag in a hole, with an assigned point value, there is no question as to how many points should be awarded. The only problem we have found with this game is that it does pop very easily but it can also be patched up easily and fixed! All in all we think this is a very good gross motor game.
Sportime Ultimax Soft Indoor Bocce Balls
This bocce set is very nice and wonderful for indoor use. It is light and easy to use and because it is brightly colored it is very easy to see. The only problem we have found with this game is that it is difficult to properly toss the pallino indoors on a hard wood floor without it rolling extremely far away – too far away for anyone to actually play efficiently. In order to fix this problem we have found that placing a mat or blanket down in the area where the pallino is to be thrown helps or use on a carpeted floor. We like this game a lot. It requires a bit more strategy to play but we have enjoyed it very much!
Expert Cornhole Toss Game
We love to play Cornhole! Cornhole is absolutely one of our favorite Gross Motor Activities. This set came with 2 metal cornhole boards, 8 colored bags to toss (2 colors – 4 bags/color), and a carrying case. This particular set of cornhole boards is well liked by our program because of its ease of storage. The boards are interlocking and fit in the carrying case perfectly. We also really like how durable it is because the boards are made of metal. The bags that originally came with this game were too heavy so we have swapped them out for lightweight bags which are easier to throw.
We also amended the rules of the game to make play more fair for users who may have a physical disability – we place both boards next to each other (one in front of the other) and score as follows: land a bag in the hole in the board in front = 3 points; land a bag in the hole in the board in back = 5 points; land anywhere on either board = 1 point. We also do not play as teams but score each player individually. Overall this is truly a favorite at No Limits Eastern Shore!
Most of the resources listed here may be borrowed from NLES with identification and a deposit, please contact us for more information.
July 2013: Resource Title: “every 21 seconds…8 stories of brain injury in 7 parts”, written and directed by Laura Napier. Running time 60 minutes (dvd). Review: This documentary was narrated by Woody Harrelson and funded by the New Mexico Brain Injury Advisory Council so we were kind of excited to see it. It was disappointing. Maggie commented that it was “too drawn out” and not meant for actual survivors of brain injury. DJ thought it was too long. They made some good points in the film but we found it too long and too dark overall.
August 2013: Resource Title: “Head Games”, directed by Steve James. Running time 96 minutes (dvd). Review: This documentary is based on a book by former WWE wrestler and Harvard football player Chris Nowinski. Rachel and Zel heard Chris Nowinski speak at the 2013 Virginia Brain Injury Report Out Day and bought the dvd. Review: This is a very eye-opening documentary that looks at head injuries in sports. Zel and Rachel got our copy signed! Zel gave this film a thumbs up. Diane found it very informative, and Maggie commented that it gave us a better understanding. Even though it was longer than last month’s dvd we enjoyed it a lot more.It might just change the way you look at repetitive head trauma, particularly in our young people.
September 13: Resource Title: “Elvin The Elephant Who Forgets“, written by Heather Snyder, Ph.D., illustrated by Susan Beebe. Running time approximately 20 minutes (dvd, storybook). This dvd is not animated, it is a film of the Elvin storybook being read. It is a story about a young elephant with a brain injury and it is designed to help pediatric survivors of brain injury understand the changes they experience. We liked this movie and think it would be very good for children with brain injury. Brandon noticed that Elvin was counting the same kind of figs in the story that we grow in our back yard (green ones!). Maggie commented that it would be very good if we could take it to a place where there are children with brain injuries.
October 2013: Resource Title: “TBI: One Woman’s Journey”, produced and directed by Tonia Wittkower. Running time 20 minutes (dvd). Review: This documentary tells the story of a young woman who sustains a brain injury in a car accident. It follows her recovery. Calvin liked it, and Matt thought the message was inspiring. He said, “Just like I said, never give up!”. The group had some discussion about what her mother meant when she said that if she had “kept her here, she’d still be here”. Suzie thought it was great that her family pushed her to recover, and Maggie agreed, stating, “You can’t hover too much, you’ve got to let them try, and then if they don’t progress you draw them back in.” Overall the group seemed to like this title.
November 2013: Resource Title: “Life Goes On (Inside the lives of families of youth with brain injuries)”, produced by Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children – 2004. Running time 29 minutes (dvd). Review: This documentary tells the stories of youths (a teenager and a child) who survive brain injuries, and the impact on their families. Diane thought it was interesting. It led to a discussion of how everybody has different strengths and limitations and shouldn’t all be judged by the same standard. Matt and Zel thought the film was alright. It reminded Zel of how important it is for kids to wear helmets. We all liked this film, it was pretty good.
February 2014: Resource Title: “What Happened, Dad? The Story of a Preventable Family Tragedy” directed by Ralph Conradt; running time 44 minutes (DVD). Review: This documentary is a true story about a high school football player named Max Conradt who suffered from a head injury during a game. Max continued to play football, although he showed signs of head trauma (i.e. long-lasting headaches following the game), which lead to a second concussion and then a coma. The story sheds light on the fact that many young athletes may be using faulty equipment during school sports that may potentially lead to serious injury. We at No Limits believe that more safety regulations should be in place regarding the testing of sports equipment for ALL athletes, especially helmets!! Brandon says “it’s a shame that Max was injured and he’s a very tough guy!” We would like to remind everyone that head injuries can be very serious, no matter how minor they may seem at the time, and resting after an injury is the key to minimize the possibility of re-injury! Overall we liked this film and found it educational.
March 2014: Resource Title: “Brain Injury A Look Inside”, written by Richard C. Senelick, M.D. Running time 85 minutes (DVD). Review: This instructive DVD focused on educational facts regarding those living with brain injury. It explained the differences between various types of injuries to the brain and how they may affect the body. This DVD also gave us some valuable information about the three most common symptoms after an injury to the brain, which included: cognitive, physical, and behavioral symptoms. There was also a section on the DVD discussing “neural plasticity” which explained that improvement from a brain injury requires functional tasks and may take place for years after the brain is injured! We thought that that was a very important fact to remember! David says this video hit very close to home for him as he has experienced some of the symptoms that were discussed. We think that this video was a great educational tool although it was a bit long.