For Immediate Release
Concord, MA, January 2, 2014: The Princeton (NJ) Public Library will be hosting a free screening of the PBS documentary, "The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer," on Tuesday, January 7th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, PhD, Director of the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey and a featured expert in "The Smartest Team," and the documentary's producer/director, Brooke de Lench, Founder and Publisher of MomsTEAM.com, will be on hand after the screening to answer questions parents, coaches and athletes have about the making of the film or about concussions in general.
"The Smartest Team" follows a high school football team in Oklahoma during the 2012 season and looks at the steps they are taking to safely manage the growing concussion epidemic. These include reducing the risk of a player sustaining a concussion, and effectively identifying concussed athletes, and safely and conservatively managing them, after they occur in order to minimize time away from the classroom (a concept now called "return to learn") and maximize the chances of a safe return to play. The film premiered on the stations of the Oklahoma Education Networkon all PBS stations on August 14th, and has since been aired on over 300 of PBS's 387 affiliates across the country. Additional broadcasts on PBS are scheduled for 2014.
In addition to Dr. Moser, the film also features Dr. William P. Meehan, Director of the Sports Concussion Clinic at Boston Children's Hospital, Dr. Joseph A. Congeni, Director of the Sports Medicine Center at Akron Children's Hospital, and Coach Bobby Hosea, developer of the Head Free Tackle TM method. The film is narrated by two-time Super Bowl winner and Big Ten Network announcer, Howard Griffith.
The Princeton Public Library is located at 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.
About Brooke de Lench
In addition to being the Founder and Publisher of MomsTEAM, Brooke de Lench is the author of Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports (New York: HarperCollins)
Ms. de Lench is a sought-after lecturer on a wide range of youth sport parenting topics. She has made appearances on all the major television networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox), as well as The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, and three documentaries on youth sports, which aired on ESPN, HBO and A&E respectively. She has also consulted for PBS's Frontline, HBO Real Sports, ABC's Nightline and ESPN youth sports-related shows and is quoted frequently in the print press, including Time, Reader's Digest, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post. Her opinion pieces have appeared on the op-ed pages of major newspapers nationwide, including The Washington Post and Long Island Newsday. A former high school and college athlete and ranked squash player, Brooke is the mother and past coach of triplet sons. She lives in the Boston area.
For more information, please see www.TheSmartestTeam.com
About Dr. Moser
Dr. Moser is the Director of the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey and the RSM Psychology Center, MomsTeam.com's youth sports concussion neuropsychologist, and a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Panel.
She is a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and of the American Psychological Association, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology and the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Moser currently serves as an adjunct member of the faculty at Widener University, and as neuropsychological concussion consultant to both the Philadelphia Soul and the Trenton Steel Pro Arena Football teams.
She is a past president of the New Jersey Psychological Association and of the New Jersey Neuropsychological Society, the former Director of Research Programs for the International Brain Research Foundation, and past Treasurer of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Moser's honors include the American Psychological Association Presidential Award for Advocacy in Psychology.
Dr. Moser is author of the critically-acclaimed book, Ahead of the Game: The Parents' Guide to Youth Sports Concussion.
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