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St. Luke’s to Host Free Screening of "Head Games"

By Dr. David C. Pate, News and Community
February 6, 2013

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 St., Boise.

The documentary by Steve James explores the dangers of concussions in young athletes, the culture surrounding athletics, and the implications of that culture when it comes to the health of communities around the nation.

To find out more about "Head Games" and to watch a preview, click here.

Following the screening, a panel of local experts will discuss the documentary, current research and guidelines, and will provide perspective for parents, coaches, and other community members.

“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 are free. To RSVP or with questions, contact Matt Kaiserman, St. Luke’s Concussion Clinic, at (208) 381-9205 or

About The Author

David C. Pate, M.D., J.D., is president and CEO of St. Luke's Health System, based in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Pate joined the System in 2009. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.