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Westport PAL To Hold Concussion Clinic

Westport PAL will host a concussion clinic Sunday, March 20, at Saugatuck Elementary School. The clinic is open to all parents, coaches and players. It begins at 3 p.m.

Chris Nowinski will lead the clinic. Nowinski is the president and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine.

Nowinski is also the author of "Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis" and

the co-founder and president of the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis. Nowinski also serves on the National Football League Players Association Mackey/White TBI Research Committee and on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of America.

A former Harvard football player and WWE professional wrestler, he was forced to retire after a series of concussions in 2003. He debuted on WWE's flagship program “Monday Night RAW” in 2002, when he was named "Newcomer of the Year" by RAW Magazine, and was the youngest male Hardcore Champion in WWE history.

Diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, Nowinski began a quest to better understand this condition. It wasn't until he visited his eighth doctor, the renowned neurosurgeon Robert Cantu, that Chris was first exposed to medical research that told him concussions and brain trauma were misunderstood in the sports world. Nowinski believes lack of awareness among athletes, coaches and even medical professionals cost him his career and threatens the health and well-being of athletes of all ages. This led him to pursue opportunities to create concussion awareness, particularly in children.

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