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Concussions and female athletes documentary to premiere on Big Ten Network

dvdcover (1).pngThe Tucker Center's groundbreaking initiative, Concussions and Female Athletes: The Untold Story, produced in collaboration with Twin Cities Public Television, will premiere on the Big Ten Network (BTN), Monday, April 16, at 3:30pm CT. The broadcast will follow the Big Ten Icons Series featuring St. Paul native and legendary baseball player Dave Winfield.

"We are thrilled this important programming related to female athletes is appearing on BTN as it will bring increased awareness and education about concussions to the public," said Tucker Center Associate Director Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi.

Concussions and their devastating consequences affect athletes in all sports and at all levels. While sport-related concussions have ignited a national conversation and public debate about this serious brain injury, the majority of attention has focused on male athletes. Critical issues surrounding the impact of concussion on female athletes have been largely ignored. Through the personal stories and experiences of coaches, athletes, and their families, as well as in-depth interviews with nationally recognized scholars and medical experts, this documentary examines the causes underlying concussion and offers practical solutions to help prevent and treat sports-related concussion injuries in female athletes.

Tucker Center Director, Professor Mary Jo Kane, noted, "We are deeply committed to educational endeavors and community outreach that provide knowledge to a broad audience. In the case of serious brain injuries such as a concussion, this documentary could quite literally save lives."

More information related to this significant health-related issue can be found online.

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