October 8, 2009

Media Advisory

MEDICAL AND EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS JOIN FORCES TO STOP SPORTS-RELATED CONCUSSIONS IN CHILDREN

WHERE:
Brookline High School, Athletic Fields, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline

WHEN:
Wednesday, October 8, 1 p.m.

WHAT:
News conference to announce partnerships for prevention of sports concussions and educational initiatives

WHO:
Robert Cantu,
M.A., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.S.M. Chief, Neurosurgery Service; and Director, Service Sports Medicine; Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA. Co- Founder and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board, Sports Legacy Institute. Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery Boston University School of Medicine
Chris Nowinski
, founder of Sports Legacy Institute and former professional wrestler and Harvard football player
Pete Rittenberg,
Director of Athletics, Brookline High School
James Orrigo
, Medford resident and Austin Prep senior who suffered numerous severe concussions while participating in athletics and has been forced to quit contact sports

In 2006, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health convened a statewide Task Force on Traumatic Brain Injury to explore solutions to the rising tide of brain injuries in our state. The Task Force’s report, released earlier this year, recommends that greater attention and care be paid toward preventing concussions among young athletes. At this event, participants will announce a new partnership, including Boston University School of Medicine’s Center for Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy; the non-profit Sports Legacy Institute, the Massachusetts state health department’s Division of Violence and Injury Prevention;  and the Massachusetts Prevent Injuries Now! Network; to prevent concussions among young athletes and to educate athletes parents, coaches and school personnel on the prevalence and proper treatment of brain injuries in youth sports. Dr. Cantu and Mr. Nowinski are members of both the Sports Legacy Institute and the BU’s Center for Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, and are undertaking this local effort as part of their national campaign to call attention to the largely under-reported incidence of concussions in student athletes.

For more information, and to access the CDC’s Heads Up program visit www.sportslegacy.org and www.masspinn.org