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Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis, Office:817-272-3317, Cell:214-577-9094, blewis@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Just one day before Super Bowl XLV and less than three miles from where the action will play out at Cowboys Stadium, researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington will tackle hard-hitting questions about the risk of concussions in sports.

UT Arlington's Center for Healthy Living and Longevity and the Sports Legacy Institute of Boston are hosts of a free, 90-minute Concussion Clinic at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at the Maverick Activities Center’s Lone Star Auditorium, 500 W. Nedderman Dr.

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Chris Nowinski

Chris Nowinski

The clinic features research and technology presentations by Jacob Resch, a UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology, and Chris Nowinski, president and co-founder of the Sports Legacy Institute and author of the 2006 book "Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis." Guests of Nowinski's who are expected to attend the clinic include current and former professional football players such as legendary Dallas Cowboys star Randy White.

Resch said the presentation will provide a unique opportunity for the general public, athletes, coaches, parents, certified athletic trainers, physicians, and other health care professionals to learn about concussion, the risks of injury and what may be done to prevent it.

Clinic attendees will have an opportunity to hear about the most current research and findings associated with sport-related concussion along with personal accounts of those who have suffered from multiple concussions, said Resch, who joined the UT Arlington College of Education and Health Professions in fall 2010.

Nowinski, a former Harvard football player and WWE professional wrestler, suffered countless concussions from playing sports. He serves as co-chair of education and awareness for the National Football League Players Association Mackey/White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee. He has spoken before Congress about head trauma and the need for concussion education.

"It's rewarding to know that SLI's efforts are educating not only professional athletes, but parents, teachers, coaches and youth athletes as to the dangers of concussions and the benefits of proper prevention, response, and management," Nowinski said. "It is also exciting to see governments stepping up with legislation that quickly and effectively aligns policy with the newest medical research, and at no cost to taxpayers."

Nowinski has been featured on HBO REAL Sports, ESPN, Nightline, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, 60 Minutes, C-Span and recently on NPR’s Fresh Air. Read more about his work and the Sports Legacy Institute at www.sportslegacy.org.

Resch's work is representative of the research under way at The University of Texas at Arlington, a comprehensive research institution of nearly 33,000 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

The concussion clinic is being sponsored by the Centre for Neuro Skills and supported by the Kevin Turner Foundation, NFL Players Association, Gay Culverhouse Player’s Outreach Program and the McHale Family, among others.

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