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St. Luke's Hosting Free Screening of Concussion Documentary Head Games

By Ken Dey, News and Community
February 1, 2013

Screening will be followed by discussion panel featuring local experts

Boise, Idaho – To help gain a better understanding about the dangers of concussions in young athletes, St. Luke’s Concussion Clinic is sponsoring a free viewing of the documentary “Head Games” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main Street.

“Head Games” is a documentary by Steve James, who also directed the acclaimed “Hoop Dreams.” In “Head Games” James explores the current culture surrounding athletics and the implications and toll such a culture has taken on the health of communities around the nation.

To see a preview of "Head Game" watch the trailer below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzQqEos6LVI

Following the screening of the documentary, a panel of local experts moderated by KTVB anchor Dee Sarton will be discussing the documentary, implications of current research and guidelines, and providing some perspective for parents, coaches, and other community members interested in the topic.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Kurt Nilsson (Concussion Clinic Medical Director)
  • Dr. Bruce Cherny (St. Luke’s Neurosurgeon)
  • Matt Kaiserman (Former BSU Football Player/Community Relations Coordinator – Concussion Clinic)
  • Nikki Clark (Boise High School Head Athletic Trainer)
  • Marc Paul (Boise State University Football Head Athletic Trainer)
  • Jeb Putzier (Former Boise State & NFL Football Player)
  • Bruce Newcomb (Former Speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives – currently serving as the Director of Government Relations at Boise State)
“With the passing of Idaho's own concussion legislation this past spring, many changes have been implemented throughout Idaho schools and youth sport organizations as the state attempts to balance proper levels of reform, while maintaining the benefits and opportunities sports provide to Idaho youth,” said Dr. Kurt Nilsson, St. Luke’s concussion clinic medical director.  “Head Games” addresses the dilemma communities and policy makers face, this event provides the unique opportunity to better understand our own dilemma here in Idaho, what steps are being taken by St. Luke's and other organizations around the community, as well as what future steps are needed.”

The screening and panel discussion is free to attend, but an RSVP would be appreciated.  To RSVP or for any questions please contact, Matt Kaiserman, St. Luke’s Concussion Clinic, (208) 381-9205 or kaisermm@slhs.org.

For more information contact:  St. Luke’s media manager, (208) 381-2894.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzQqEos6LVI

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.