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‘Head Games’ screening, panel discussion

May 29, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

JAMESTOWN - Christopher Nowinski will be on hand to discuss "Head Games," a documentary on concussion-related injuries, at Jamestown Community College's Jamestown Campus on Friday, May 31.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins with a reception at 7:30 p.m. in the Scharmann Theatre lobby, followed by the film screening at 8 p.m.

Inspired by events from his book "Head Games," Nowinski, a former Ivy League football star and World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler, interviewed Bob Costas of NBC Sports, National Hockey League all-star Keith Primeau, Olympic women's soccer gold medalist Cindy Parlow Cone and others on the dangers of head concussions, prompting viewers to ask themselves, "How much of you are you willing to lose for a game?"

A panel discussion intended for parents, students interested in a medical field, student-athletes, athletic administrators, school nurses, youth, high school and college coaches, as well as other medical professionals involved in the care of student-athletes, will be held after the film.

Besides Nowinski, panelists will include: Michael Mitchell, M.D., WCA sport medicine physician and team physician for JCC and Falconer High School; Jarett Rhoades, MS.Ed., ATC, CSCS, head athletic trainer at Eastridge High School; and Lauren Saglimben, a JCC student- athlete in women's soccer and basketball and her father, Mark.

Nowinski, who was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, is co-founder and president of the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis. He is also co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine.

The May 31 program is sponsored by JCC's college program committee with the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association. NYSATA, established to advance, encourage and improve the profession of athletic training, will hold its annual conference at JCC Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.

Athletic trainers, allied healthcare professionals recognized by the American Medical Association, work with physically active individuals in a variety of settings including physician offices, sports medicine clinics, occupational settings, hospitals, secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports teams,and the military.

For additional information on the "Head Games" screening and panel discussion, contact JCC's athletic trainer, Aimee Brunelle, M.S., ATC, EMT, at 338-1266. More on "Head Games" can be accessed at



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