Mayo Clinic Hosts Concussion Film Premiere by Oscar-Nominated Director

Article ID: 614557

Released: 4-Mar-2014 11:25 AM EST

Source Newsroom: Mayo Clinic

Newswise — PHOENIX – Mayo Clinic will host a special sneak preview of the highly anticipated documentary, Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis. This is the film's West Coast premiere.

WHEN - Sat., March 8 at 6:30 p.m.WHERE - the Phoenix campus of Mayo Clinic, 5777 East Mayo Boulevard.

BACKGROUND – From the acclaimed director Steve James (Academy Award-nominated Hoop Dreams, Emmy Award-winning The Interrupters), Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis is a revealing documentary featuring never-before-seen neurological findings related to rugby and soccer players that will serve as a wake-up call for people who think that the devastating chronic effects of repetitive head trauma are only an American football and boxing injury.

Following the screening is a panel discussion with Chris Nowinski, Steve James, General Pete Chiarelli and renowned medical experts. The panel will also include the parents of a young athlete who died from repeat concussions who were featured in the film.Inspired by events from the book Head Games written by former Ivy League Football Player and WWE Wrestler Christopher Nowinski, Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis will capture the attention of a worldwide audience and expose a problem that has undeniably become a silent epidemic on a global scale. Internationally respected medical experts – including Mayo Clinic’s own David Dodick, M.D., professional and amateur athletes and their families will offer eye-opening insights and cutting edge science on head trauma that will demand that the perception of concussion change to guarantee the health and safety of athletes as a top priority.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jim McVeigh, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 480-301-4222, Email:


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