Chris Nowinski: Harvard Grad, Pro Wrestler, Concussion Advocate Opens Safety Conference
After an All-Ivy football career at Harvard, Chris Nowinski became one of the most hated characters in World Wrestling Entertainment when a concussion forced him to retire in 2004.
Diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, Chris began a quest to better understand this condition, and after meeting Dr. Robert Cantu, Chris realized that a lack of awareness about brain trauma among athletes, coaches, and even medical professionals cost him his career, and threatened the health and well-being of athletes of all ages. This led him to write the critically acclaimed book Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis, published in 2006, in an effort to educate parents, coaches, medical professionals and children about this serious public health issue. Chris is the co-founder and president of the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a non-profit organization dedicated to solve the sports concussion crisis, and serves as a co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) at Boston University School of Medicine.
Through his continued advocacy and investigative work, Chris has raised this issue into the national consciousness and changed how sports are played. He was featured in Steve James’ film Head Games and most recently in Rolling Stone magazine.
Chris will deliver the Keynote address at The Safety Institute’s inaugural conference – A National Conversation on Injury Prevention – in Chicago September 24th and 25th. Join us.