Second Opinion: Concussion

(Rochester, NY)  – In response to the high-profile PBS FRONTLINE two-hour documentary League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis, which airs Tuesday, October 8, 9-11 p.m. on WXXI-TV, WXXI presents an episode on concussion from its national healthcare series Second Opinion immediately following at 11 p.m.

Watch FRONTLINE’s special that investigates how, for years, the National Football 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, even death. Then learn more about concussion with Second Opinion. In this episode, Monica J. Cook, assistant coach for Rochester Institute of Technology’s Women’s Soccer Team, tells her story of making the tough decision to give up the game she loved because of multiple hits to the head. She’s joined by Dr. Lisa Harris, Primary Care Physician at Temple Medical Internal Medicine & Pediatrics in Rochester, NY, and Dr. Julian Bailes, Neurosurgeon at NorthShore University Health System in Chicago, IL, who share their expertise.

The program also reveals the “five signs” that should alert you to go to the Emergency Room after a head injury, and answers the question “Does a normal brain scan rule out concussion?” During the broadcast you can share your thoughts on Twitter @SecondOpinionTV using hashtag #AskTVDr.

Second Opinion is the only regularly scheduled health series on public television. Each week, Dr. Peter Salgo engages a panel of medical professionals and patients in honest, in-depth discussions about life-changing medical decisions. Produced in partnership with WXXI, the University of Rochester Medical Center, and West 175 Productions, Second Opinion is made possible in part by support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), which sponsored the series since 2004. The series is distributed by American Public Television.

Photo: Concussion panelists on the set of Second Opinion
Credit: Nic Minetor 



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