Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Literacy Project hosts doctor portrayed in ‘Concussion’ movie
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With kids heading back to school sports along with college and NFL football seasons firing up, concussions are a hot topic right now.
Recently portrayed by Albert Brooks in the 2015 movie “Concussion,” Dr. Cyril H. Wecht was this year’s keynote speaker at The Literacy Project’s annual luncheon. Wecht is a leading forensic pathologist, coroner, consultant, author and at 85 years old he’s still going strong. In the film, Wecht was a staunch supporter of Bennet Omalu‘s efforts to expose the link between concussions and football.
At the luncheon, Wecht stressed the fact that concussions aren’t apparent or visible. He mentioned an autopsy where the deceased had been in a car accident. Even though there wasn’t a scratch on the person, no bruising, no indication of trauma, Wecht said once he opened up the brain, it was very evident this person had suffered a major brain injury.
Although Wecht cautioned parents about the dangers of concussions, he also mentioned another health issue that is prevalent among our nation’s kids — obesity. He asked us to ponder this question: Do you discourage your kids from participating in particular sports because of the dangers of concussions, or is it best to get them out for some exercise?
Since 1990, The Literacy Project has been encouraging and empowering people in the Eagle Valley by teaching them literacy skills. Their mission is to provide the literacy and English skills needed to help community members function more effectively in their daily lives and become more engaged. Their annual luncheon has brought in many amazing speakers and is their source of funding for their Raising a Reader, Reading Buddies, Study Friends and adult programs.