Wednesday’s health and safety news includes a movie debut and what could be a happy ending in New Orleans:
* A new documentary film that takes a closer look at head injuries in sports debuts Friday, according to Reuters. Inspired by the book “Head Games,” written by former Harvard football player and pro wrestler Christopher Nowinski, the movie examines concussions in all contact sports.
* The Times-Picayune reported that Tulane defensive back Devon Walker, who had spinal cord surgery two weeks ago after a game-related injury, is alert and has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility.
* A columnist for one of the Baltimore Sun’s regional editions wrote about how increased awareness has moved concussions into the spotlight.
* Speaking of Maryland, Gazette.net reported that nine Maryland high schools soon might foot the bill for baseline concussion testing.
* KFDA-TV in Amarillo, Texas, wrote about a new state law that will help student athletes in dealing with concussions.
* And the Toronto Globe and Mail had a feature on the family of a deceased CFL player who was found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy during his brain examination.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor