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Wyoming PBS to host topic on sports injuries

Oct 6, 2013 - From staff reports

Wyoming PBS will be airing a block of national and local programming Tuesday, October 8, beginning at 7 p.m. on the subject of sports and brain injuries.

The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America's indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault: thousands of former players have claimed the league has tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players.

What did the NFL know, and when did it know it? What's the truth about the risks to players? What can be done?

In a special two-hour investigation, League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis, FRONTLINE and prize-winning journalists Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru of ESPN reveal the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries drawn from their forthcoming book, League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth (Crown Archetype, October 2013).

Premiering Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. on FRONTLINE, League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis investigates how, for years, the league worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early-onset dementia, brain damage and other devastating consequences.

The investigation draws on more than 200 interviews with scientists, doctors and former players, including some of the NFL's all-time greats, as well as previously unpublished medical records, NFL memorandums and e-mails.

More information on the FRONTLINE investigation can be found at http://www.pbs.org/frontline.

Parents across Wyoming are also trying to make sense of information regarding concussions and brain injuries and how it translates to high school and college athletics. Immediately following FRONTLINE at 9 p.m., Wyoming PBS airs a live call-in program, WYOMING PERSPECTIVES: Sports and Concussions,

What Parents Need to Know. Host Craig Blumenshine discusses this very important topic with scheduled guests Ryan Pinson, Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Wyoming ; Trevor Wilson, Associate Commissioner of the Wyoming High School Activities Association; and Todd Wright, former University of Maryland football player and current Program Director for Rocky Mountain Re-entry Services which supports clients with acquired brain injuries. Wright is also a middle school football coach who emphasizes techniques to reduce concussive blows in practices and games.

Viewers can call in their questions to 800-495-9788 or submit via Twitter to #WyoSportsConcussions. WYOMING PERSPECTIVES will also be streamed live online at www.wyomingpbs.org.

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