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TU OFFERS FREE CONCUSSION CONSORTIUM ON JUNE 6

The documentary HEAD GAMES will be shown on the TU campus June 6 at the Lorton Performance Center.
The documentary HEAD GAMES will be shown on the TU campus June 6 at the Lorton Performance Center.

May 16, 2013

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa Athletics in conjunction with the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa will be hosting a one of a kind event bringing the topic of concussions in American sports to the forefront. This event takes place on Thursday, June 6 at the Lorton Performance Center-Gussman Auditorium on the campus of The University of Tulsa. The event begins at 6:00 pm.

A free public screening of the documentary "Head Games" will be followed by a panel question and answer session.

The documentary HEAD GAMES exposes viewers to one of the leading public health issues of our time, raising the question: "How much of you are you willing to lose for a game?" Inspired by events from the book Head Games written by former Ivy League football star and WWE wrestler Christopher Nowinski, and featuring interviews with Nowinski, Bob Costas (NBC Sports), Keith Primeau (NHL All-Star), Cindy Parlow Cone (Olympic Gold Medalist, Women's Soccer), and many more. Content Source www.headgamesthefilm.com.

The movie presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with panelists including: Gerard P. Clancy, M.D. (President, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa), Dr. Lamont Cavanagh (Sports Medicine, OU), Dr. Patrick Bellgowan (Neuroscientist, LIBR/TU), David Polanski (Head Athletic Trainer, TU), and Daniel Newman (Head Athletic Trainer, Union High School), as well as TU Head Coaches, Tom McIntosh (Men's Soccer) and Bill Blankenship (Football).

The visibility of concussions in sports is on the rise. Many states are instituting legislation regarding `return-to-play decisions following a concussion in sports.' Preventive measures, recognizing signs and symptoms, as well as determining return-to-play criteria are vital in treating traumatic brain injuries and preventing further injury, and even death. The Head Games concussion presentation is suited for athletes, parents, coaches, athletic trainers, school board members, and any person involved in youth sports interested in the proper care of athletes and concussions.

This event is sponsored by VYPE magazine, as well the Laureate Institute for Brain Research, The University of Tulsa, and The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.