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August 22, 2013

Athlete to discuss concussion crisis

A former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler and all-Ivy football player at Harvard University heads to Andover next month to share his experience with sports concussions.

Christopher Nowinski, co-founder and executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute, will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Trumpeters Room at Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St., Andover.

Nowinski is considered one of the leading experts on sports concussions. His Waltham-based Sports Legacy Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis by advancing the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. It was founded in 2007 with neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Cantu.

The former football player and wrestler was forced to retire from a series of concussions in 2003. Nowinski’s challenging recovery from post-concussion syndrome led him to write “Head Games” in an effort to educate parents, coaches and children about what he calls a previously hidden public health issue. The book later inspired an award-winning documentary of the same name in 2012.

Nowinski is also co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine, where he is also a doctoral candidate in behavioral neuroscience. Nowinski also serves on the NFL Players Association Mackey-White TBI Research Committee and the Ivy League Concussion Committee.

A donation of $100, $250 or $500 is requested to support the Sports Legacy Institute. To reserve a seat or more information, contact Christine Perocchi at cperocchi@sportslegacy.org or 781-819-5707. For more about Sports Legacy Institute, visit www.sportslegacy.org, http://tiny.cc/r6l21w or www.chrisnowinski.com.

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