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March 26: Documentary 'Head Games'

Free public showing to film that examines concussions in sports.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-28-2012

Mankato, Minn. – A free public showing of the documentary film ‘Head Games,’ which addresses the “silent concussion crisis in American Sports,” will be shown at 7 p.m. on March 26 in Ostrander Auditorium, located in Minnesota State University’s Centennial Student Union.

Seating is first-come, first-serve. A one-time rights fee has been paid to show a blu-ray disc version of the 95-minute film, rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving sports violence and injuries.

The film will be presented by the Minnesota State Athletic Training Student Association and the Minnesota State Mankato Athletic Training Education Program in conjunction with the Department of Human Performance and the College of Allied Health and Nursing.

A synopsis of the film from Variance Films and Prodigy Public Relations is as follows:
From acclaimed director Steve James (Academy Award-nominated Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters), HEAD GAMES is a revealing documentary about the silent concussion crisis in American sports. Athletes from the professional to the youth levels share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, an epidemic fueled by the “leave everything on the field” culture so prominent in American sport.

Inspired by events from the book 'Head Games' written by former Ivy League Football Player and WWE Wrestler Christopher Nowinski, the film contrasts eye-opening evidence and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation’s leading medical experts with first-hand accounts from the athletes, coaches, and parents who must tread the difficult balance between sports excellence and basic self-preservation.

HEAD GAMES will expose 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?”

More information on the film is available at the following websites:

Those who want more information may contact faculty member Patrick Sexton, professor director of athletic training education at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-2092 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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